Check out this passage from Bill Gertz writing for the Free Beacon (read it all here).
“PLA modernization is on track to alter the security balance in Asia over the next five to 10 years, challenging decades of U.S. military preeminence,” the report concludes.Not only are Chinese politicians smarter than our own (not really saying much) but it also appears that they have better strategist that guide their procurement. For every move that the US makes the Chinese are quick with a counter move. We do military partnerships, China makes those same countries economically reliant on trade or exports to China for their survival. We sell our high tech arms to our allies, China is quick to buy whatever good or service that country offers.
On the bomber, the People’s Liberation Army in June accepted the first of 15 new Hongzha-6K, or H-6K, bombers. The bomber is based on a late 1950s Soviet design but has an extended range. However, its long-range cruise missile is new.
The report said the H-6K, also known as “Zhan Shen” or God of War, “can carry China’s new long-range land-attack cruise missile (LACM).”
“The bomber/LACM weapon system provides the PLA Air Force with the ability to conduct conventional strikes against regional targets throughout the western Pacific, including U.S. facilities in Guam,” the report said.
Guam is being built up by the U.S. military as a key strategic military hub as part of the new “pivot” strategy of realigning forces toward Asia.
The report said China’s new land-attack missile can be equipped with a nuclear warhead. However, so far there is no confirmation that the new missile is armed with nuclear warheads.
We decide to stage Marines on Guam. China develops a modernized version of the Soviet B-52 analogy and equip it with advanced land attack cruise missiles to pummel the island at distance.
China has taken Guam off the board.
Australia is basically our final redoubt. We have been pushed to the third chain of islands before the first shot was fired.
Note: If you think I'm being too doom and gloom about this then please tell me where I'm wrong. This is one time where I would love to say "my bad" and that I misread the entire situation.