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China’s counter attack will be horrible, says Chinese military leader

Ren Haiquan

In potential confrontation, the weaker one tends to resort to bluffing, while the stronger one tends to conceal its enmity. According to Sun Tzu’s teaching, when you want to retreat, pretend that you are going to attack, while when you want to attack, pretend that you are going to retreat. “The art of war is an art of deception.”

Hong Kong’s Ming Pao in its exclusive report quotes the Vice President of China’s Academy of Military Sciences, Lieutenant General Ren Haiquan, who headed the Chinese delegation in attending the Asian Security Conference. Ren said in an interview on June 2, in response of US deployment of 60% of its navy in the Asia-Pacific region, that it should not be regarded as a terrible issue, nor as an issue deserving serious concerns. Ren said that China had to make preparations for the worst. Once the country’s interests are threatened, China’s means of counter attack will “make you very much horrified.”

According to its new strategy, the US will readjust the proportion of its navy deployed in the Pacific in 8 years, with an increase from 50% to 60%, including 6 aircraft carriers there. Some analysts believe that the US wants to rearrange its deployment in the Asia-Pacific region and tighten its encirclement of China, so as to exert to the utmost in containing China. It will enhance its flexibility in interfering in regional affairs through rotation of small and efficient deployment.

Regarding the new US strategy, in his TV interview, Ren Haiquan made two points. The first was that “it shall not be regarded as a terrible issue”. He said, after withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, the US will have reduced lots of warships and aircrafts. Now, in appearance, there will be an increase of 10% by placing 60% warships in the Pacific, but taking into account the reduction of arms, its overall strength there would remain the same as before. Moreover, Ren pointed out that under the influence of its Cold War mindset, the US had doubt and worry about China’s rise, and always believed that it had to be militarily prepared to some extent. “I believe that it aims at defence rather than attack. That is the first point. It shall not be regarded as a terrible issue.”

Strengthening troops and defense and “prepare for the worst”

Ren’s second point was “it shall not be regarded as an issue deserving concerns”. China shall enhance its awareness of unexpected development and make preparations for various kinds of complicated and grim situations, including preparations for war. China had its own guidelines in dealing with wars. It first opposes, and second is not afraid of wars; it looks down strategically and attaches importance tactically; and in addition, it make preparations for the worst and strive for the best.

Therefore, China should now perfect its military strategy, enhance the development of its national defence and improve the combat capacity of its military. He stressed that China would never seek hegemony or aggression towards an enemy country. “We do not attack others if we are not attacked, but if we are attacked we will certainly attack back.” When China’s fundamental interests are threatened, China will fight back with the means that will “make you very much horrified”.

Going against the trend will certainly end up being forsaken by all one’s allies and friends.

Regarding future development of Sino-US relations, US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta mentioned in his speech on June 2 that Sino-US relations were among the most important relations in the world. Ren believes that it reflects the great importance the US attaches to its relations with China.

America’s new Asian-Pacific strategy has been formulated on the basis of its national interests, its financial difficulties and the situation of world security. Ren stressed that Asian-Pacific countries held the common view that there should be mutual respect and assistance, and conscientious cooperation in the region. He said, “Anybody who tries to go against the trend will certainly end up being forsaken by all his allies and friends and losing support for his unjust cause.”

About chankaiyee2

Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee



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