Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Is China planning war against America?

Chinese attack United States Government

It’s very disturbing to see that China is making overt acts of aggression against the United States, attacking government web sites and satellites. It’s well-known that China has been eyeing Taiwan.

It's amazing that there is a US law that guarantees that the USA will protect Taiwan, no congressional debates, just launch the nukes. This is the result of the long-time friendship between Claire Chennault and Chang Kai-Shek.

In WWII, China was our great ally against the Japanese invasion, and the USA has always supported a free and democratic China. Chelault led the famous "Flying Tigers", a group of American volunteers defending China against the invaders:

Chinese aggression against the US Government!

Of course, American's consider Taiwan the "real china" and US forces have fought the "Red Chinese" in Korea and indirectly in Vietnam, so many say that it's expected that China would be agressive, especially in-light of our war history. Many people forget that Chairman Mao was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the biggest mass murderer in history, killing over 26 million of his own people.

Ah, but today, the Chinese have a friendlier icon to take Mao's place:

An act of War?

These disturbing acts of aggression by China in attacking US satellites would have been considered an act of war during the cold war, and we now see that China is attempting to “blind” US satellites by firing lasers.

“China has fired high-power lasers at U.S. spy satellites flying over its territory in what experts see as a test of Chinese ability to blind the spacecraft, according to sources.

It remains unclear how many times the ground-based laser was tested against U.S. spacecraft or whether it was successful.”

This article titled “Red Storm Rising” says that US citizens should be concerned about buying Chinese electronics for fear of spyware with “subversive functionality”:

“China has shifted its dependence away from the United States to countries such as Malaysia and South Korea], while our dependence on them has grown,” he said during a Defense conference in Salt Lake City in May. “We’ve got to adjust our thinking, our calculus about how we put together a system of systems.”

Could it just be a misunderstanding?

I always hope that there may be an innocent explaination for this, and I wonder if the language barrier is a factor, especially because many Chinese words do not translate accurately into English:

We all remember the story of Mr. Fuk King Kwok, who did not realize that his first two names were inappropriate for polite conversation. Fuk King noted:

“"She [said] this is a dangerous name," the Chinese immigrant recalled. "She [said] the name translated is not so good, maybe I should change [it]. The word I hear is not so good."

We see this language translation problem everywhere. I remember a booth from China at a computer convention advertizing a new hand-held computer. Oddly, the product was taped-over on all of their ads. Curious, I went to the placard, peeled-back the tape cover, and I laughed out loud when I saw that the original product named looked something like this:

The China Hackers

This Washington Post article “Hackers attack” is very scary, and indicates that China has hacked into Department of Defense computers over 1,000 times in the past year:

“Web sites in China are being used heavily to target computer networks in the Defense Department and other U.S. agencies, successfully breaching hundreds of unclassified networks, according to several U.S. officials.”

“Concern about computer attacks from China comes amid heightened U.S. worry generally about Chinese military activities. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld warned in June that China's military spending threatened the security balance in Asia”
The China “one child” policy, combined with the Chinese cultural preference for male children has created a situation where hundreds of millions of sexually-frustrated young men, ready to fight.

There is an old Russian joke about a hypothetical war with China where the Chinese surrendered 10 million soldiers per day and eventually took over Russia. This article titled “Is China preparing for war?” notes that the former Soviet Union may become a target:

“Questions obviously remain as to how China would actually proceed militarily against Russia. . .

In fact, China would have a much easier time invading through their own northern territories and into Siberia, than Russia would have trying to send and maintain a large fighting force there.

There is evidence that Russia sees the danger posed by China, especially if Russia has properly assessed the global situation with regard to oil and the coming drastic shortages the world is about to face.”