Chinese Admiral Says Sinking US Carriers Would End South China Sea Spat – Report

Tuesday, January 1, 2019
By Paul Martin

RT.com
01.01.2019

Tensions between Washington and Beijing have escalated in recent months amid a growing number of US Navy “freedom of navigation” missions in the South China Sea and Chinese efforts to beef up its military presence in territories over which several Asian powers have overlapping claims.

People’s Liberation Army Academy of Military Science Deputy Director Rear Admiral Luo Yuan has suggested that sinking two US supercarriers would resolve the dispute surrounding the East and South China Seas, News Corp Australia Network has reported, citing Taiwanese media.

Speaking at a Chinese military industry summit on December 20, Luo took aim at the US military, which he described as one of “five cornerstones” of possible US weakness. According to the academic, “what the United States fears the most is taking casualties.”

Pointing to China’s growing anti-ship and cruise missile capabilities, which he said are now able to get past a carrier’s escorts, Luo said that the destruction of a single carrier would cost 5,000 US servicemen’s lives, while destroying two such carriers would double the losses.

“We’ll see how frightened America is,” he said.

Speaking more broadly, Luo said that in dealing with Washington, Beijing must “use its strength to attack the enemy’s shortcomings. Attack wherever the enemy is afraid of being hit. Wherever the enemy is weak, just focus on developing [an advantage].”
On trade, for example, the admiral suggested that China has three “bargaining chips,” including soybean exports from Iowa, a state Trump must carry in the 2020 election, the US automotive industry, which he called “second-rate,” and aircraft manufacturing, which is heavily dependent on Chinese purchases.

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