China developing its first aircraft carrier battle group
Vietnam building new deep-water military port
The Chinese Ministry of Defense is showing off satellite photos of a mock invasion of Taiwan. At the same time, it's showing off its in-the-making aircraft carrier battle group
as China prepares for war with the United States over Taiwan. Or does anyone really think China needs an aircraft carrier battle group to bomb a tiny island separated from it by only 100 miles? Combined with China's development of the capability to kill US aircraft carrier battle groups,
and you have a very worrisome picture.
At the same time as all this, Communist Vietnam has announced plans to build a major deep-water military harbor
in the North-East, in Haiphong. I wonder whose ships will be docking there; ours, or China's? It's a location of major strategic importance in any conflict, as the map I made, below, shows. Vietnam has very good reason to use this port as part of a strategy to develop a maritime capability to match China's in the ongoing Spratly Islands dispute, but that's small potatoes compared to our interest in berthing a fleet there capable of striking China's major wealthy cities, and deterring China from invading Taiwan, and China's interest in denying us that capability. Given recent Bush administration overtures to the Vietnamese, it's quite likely we'll end up with some kind of fleet berthed in Haiphong. It also looks like we're trying to take over the Gwadar deep-water port that China is building in Pakistan
for our own use. Wheels within wheels...