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Any nation strategizing to destabilize its enemies, looking at the effect that the Covid pandemic has had on human life and world economies, has to be thinking viral infection might be an effective strategic weapon. For example, if China wants to take over Taiwan, it would blockade the nation and threaten to introduce a highly contagious virus for which it has secretly developed a vaccine. Taiwan either surrenders to China or it might suffer untold numbers of deaths until someone else develops a vaccine. How should the US respond? Let's say they try this with Japan? What would be the US response? How would we defend against that? I'm sure in a room somewhere in the Pentagon the strategy is being played out. It is scary but interesting to think about.

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Here's an article in 2001 from Stanford University on the topic: https://news.stanford.edu/pr/01/bioterror117.html

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It is happening now under "Your Party" without any such new weapon - the age old
weapons of greed and laziness can easily prevail over the Obama / Biden party as they
roll another one and sit back and watch it happen as "Your Party" has already conceded
the defeat of our country in 2008 thru Military de-funding
! ! !

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The ancient Chinese strategist Sun Tzu said, “For to win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill.” His descendants seek to do just that to the United States in the South China Sea today.

Chinese President Xi Jinping pursues a classical dimension of strategy—in which the enemy is subdued, surprisingly, through military ceremony. Such “strategy by ceremony” can achieve victories that outshine success in actual battle.

This works by substituting ritual and symbolic military acts and events in the place of decision through battle—where the enemy concedes its authority. The enemy, in other words, must agree to be “subdued” without going to war. How can this be done? These are parameters:

— The parties in conflict are peer competitors that have fought each other in the past. Neither is eager for another fight.

— The parties in conflict seek to avoid escalation to war.

— Thus, the parties can accept and adhere to informal governing protocols for military engagement at a level less than war.

— The aggressor succeeds because it knows the other party is more motivated to avoid battle. Several factors combine to make for a willingness to submit.

— There are face-saving avenues available to disguise or ease the reality of submission—which the aggressor offers.

Such ceremonial campaigns can be as significant as any war.


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We are watching it now every day in Taiwan and the Philippines !

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By not contesting aggressive Chinese island-building from the start, the United States under President Obama effectively conceded legitimacy to Xi’s enterprise. Likewise, the U.S. did not contest the militarization of these islands. China has now moved to phase two, in which its navy and coast guard seek to enforce sovereignty across the entire sea. Ceremonial displays and demonstrations of Chinese control could likely lead to violence and crisis.

China is positioned, however, to offer economic accommodations—essentially, pay-offs —in exchange for “pro forma” acceptance of Chinese sovereign authority. If the U.S. is unable to effectively defend Malaysian or Philippine or Vietnamese claims, without risking war, then the only course available to those countries will be to accept a Chinese pay-off. Of course American warships can go to the mat. Yet standoffs can only be pushed so far before risks spiral out of control. Can Americans stomach daily violence at sea?

The U.S.-led coalition is entering a period of great risk. If we cannot fully represent and defend our allies, they may choose to make their peace with China, on China’s terms. That means American destroyers can cruise up and down, declaiming Chinese aggression all they want. But the bitter reality will be that everyone else will be notifying the Chinese coast guard that ship X will be transiting, on this day, and along this track, and proffer whatever official applications such passage demands. How then can we reassure Japan, South Korea, and especially Taiwan, that we will, for sure, be there for them?


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We would need to build out our Navy which is now outnumbered 5 to 1 by China in 2021 !

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This was yesterday....

China's government has sent 25 military jets into Taiwan airspace, the self-governed island's Ministry of National Defense said.

Monday's deployment of 14 J-16 and four J-10 fighters, four H-6K bombers, two Y-8 anti-sub warfare aircraft and one KJ-500 aircraft marks the biggest breach of Taiwan's air defense identification zone on record, according to the island's defense ministry.

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MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government summoned the Chinese ambassador to press its demand for Chinese vessels to immediately leave a reef claimed by Manila in the South China Sea and said their presence was stoking tensions, officials said Tuesday.

The escalating feud between Manila and Beijing started after more than 200 Chinese vessels suspected by Philippine authorities to be operated by militias were spotted early last month at Whitsun Reef. The Philippine government demanded the vessels leave then deployed coast guard and patrol vessels to the area but China said it owns the reef and the Chinese vessels were sheltering from rough seas.

After summoning Ambassador Huang Xilian on Monday, Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Elizabeth Buensuceso expressed to him Manila’s “displeasure over the illegal lingering presence of Chinese vessels around Julian Felipe Reef,” the foreign affairs department said in a statement, using the Philippine name for Whitsun Reef in the most hotly disputed Spratlys region of the busy waterway.

“The continuing presence of Chinese vessels around the reef is a source of regional tension,” Buensuceso said.

She reiterated to Huang that the reef, which lies about 175 nautical miles (324 kilometers) west of the Philippine province of Palawan, is within an internationally recognized offshore zone where Manila has the exclusive right to exploit fisheries, oil, gas and other resources.

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Where is the Biden - Military Infrastructure Investment ? ? ?

It does not exist - just like Obama he intends to destroy our military
with neglect and de-funding ! ! ! - - - Obama's first acts de-funded our
military and left it insolvent and it appears Biden will do the same ! ! !

Exactly what China needs to take over in Taiwan - Philippines - Vietnam - Japan
and everything else in the region ! ! !

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I hope your grandchildren still have a country - as your chosen leadership has
put us on a path that leads to the destruction of the country you grew up in ! ! !

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