New Possible Chinese Radar Installation on South China Sea Artificial Island

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    New Possible Chinese Radar Installation on South China Sea Artificial Island Could Put U.S., Allied Stealth Aircraft at Risk

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    By: Sam LaGrone
    February 22, 2016 3:19 PM


    A possible new Chinese radar installation in the South China Sea could put American and allied stealth aircraft at risk as part of a wider detection network similar to U.S. efforts to find Russian bombers in the Cold War.

    Late January satellite imagery from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and DigitalGlobe show the installation of what’s likely a high frequency radar installation the Chinese disputed holding of Cuarteron Reef near the Philippines.


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    I'm having a hard time trying to understand China's rationale on this. Not only are China's neighbors aligning themselves with the US because of this, these installations on the islands are easy targets for low-flying or stealth cruise missiles like the TLAM and JASSM. These multi-million dollar island-building projects could be turned into a parking lot within the first hours of any conflict. Some US Admirals flat out said they could be cherry-picked.

    Unless China starts regularly deploying S-400s, destroyers, and entire anti-ship batteries on and around those islands, I would call this a bad move. If you are going to do something like this that pisses everybody off, at least go all the way with it and protect it properly
     
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    If China's rise is "peaceful", why is she placing military assets on these artificial islands? If they say these artificial islands is for "civilian purposes", why put heavy military forces in the said islands?

    Because their actions show that what they really want - total domination over the region (Asia-Pacific), and with weapons probably aimed at nation-states that tries to criticize or stand up against the CCP, it is not impossible and they can control the SCS sea lanes.

    They will threaten other nation-states with weapons, intimidating others that if countries like Vietnam or the Philippines dare to stand up against China, the PLA will rain indiscriminate death over the Chinese people's "enemies" if given the chance; the CCP manage to do it against their own people back in 1989, what more against other nations?
     
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    With all of its recent provocations China is testing the waters. In your opinion do you think the Chinese have the capability to take the SCS for its self? Do you think the US would jump in to help or would we just sit back? I would hope that we would jump in but I find it hard to believe that we would go to war with China. I don't think people here would support that. Given that reality I think we need to make sure that we provide a lot of support to regional allies and boost our military presence in the region to help prevent a future war. Our regional allis can't be more assertive because they can't guarantee that we have their backs.

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    If China's rise is "peaceful", why is she placing military assets on these artificial islands? If they say these artificial islands is for "civilian purposes", why put heavy military forces in the said islands?

    Because their actions show that what they really want is total domination over the region, with weapons probably aimed at nation-states that tries to criticize or stand up against the CCP. They will threaten other nation-states with weapons, intimidating others that if countries like Vietnam or the Philippines dare to stand up against China, the PLA will rain indiscriminate death over the Chinese people's "enemies".
    China is playing the idea of "Big Stick" policy, but we cannot be sure if China will only hold the stick or "swing it against others".

    Without any US intervention, the only country that would be able to give China a fight will be Vietnam, but even they wouldn't last that long; China's military modernization is aimed to prevent US to operate unchallenged in this part of Asia-Pacific, and any country that has smaller military forces will not have a chance in beating China in the long run. While Chinese weapons are either reversed-engineered or based on stolen designs, these weapons will be potent to other smaller countries such as the Philippines.

    As for the situation whether the SCS issue will turn into a shooting war, I really doubt that the US will join in the fray as we have to consider that the American populace will not like the idea of sending their sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, etc. to fight in another war as the current American population seems to have a "war fatigue" due to what had happened in Iraq, and the current situation in Afghanistan.

    The Philippines should focus on buying radar and air-defense missile systems as it is possible that by 2017-2018, China will field their stealth fighter.
     
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