By the author of The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications and The Faithful Prepper
In January of this year, General Anthony Cotton of US Strategic Command wrote a memo stating that American lawmakers needed be forewarned about the current number of ICBM launchers in China. Why? Because the number had surpassed that of the United States.
We still have more ICBMs, many of which are very old and the staff are being fired from working at, but China has more “land-based fixed and mobile ICBM launchers.” Granted, a lot of those silos China has are empty, but China did just approve a $225 billion military budget, a lot of which is predicted to go toward nuclear weaponry. It’s presumed that within the next ten years, those silos will be filled.
This comes right about the same time that Xi Jinping has been upping the rhetoric against the United States, saying that America is working on a policy of “containment, encirclement, and suppression,” sounding very similar to German discussions for more “Lebensraum” in the 1930s.
Not just nukes
As they do with any world conflict, China has been studying the Ukrainian conflict extensively. They’ve published several studies over the course of the past year looking at the use of weaponry and tactics throughout Ukraine and have come to several conclusions as a result.
For starters, they now want to develop the capability to shoot down or destroy Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites, as they state these have performed excellently in securing Ukrainian military communications and that it is likely that America will rely on Starlink satellites more in the future.
[Starlink is a constellation of satellites that are in low-earth orbit and used to give people internet access.]
Tied in with Starlink is China’s statement that Ukraine has won the information war at the moment. This is largely a result of Starlink’s granting Ukrainians internet access despite Russian attacks against Ukrainian communications infrastructure that otherwise would have shut the internet down. This access has not only allowed for videos and photographs beneficial to the Ukrainian cause to rapidly circulate around the world, but Starlink has also played vital roles in allowing the Ukrainian military to communicate amongst itself and for giving information that has helped the Ukrainians survive numerous missile attacks.
One of the ways that China seems to be looking at combatting Starlink is to create its own similar system. It is highly likely that once this is created, it will be incorporated with the Belt and Road Initiative to grant internet access – albeit highly censored internet access – to nations around the world.
They’re also looking at making improvements to their drone weaponry, stating that drones are “the door kickers” of the future. This is not surprising, as the use of drones throughout Ukraine has reached a fever pitch, with both sides using them extensively. To come to this conclusion regarding drones isn’t an act of military brilliance, but it doesn’t make the military significance of drones any less. China has already developed frightening potential with their drones, having released a video last year of autonomous drone swarms tracking a man as he walked through a jungle.
It would not be difficult for China to add facial recognition to these types of drones, using information scraped from social media either. This technology is already out there – it’s just a matter of time before somebody puts it all together. Of course, that’s if it hasn’t been done already.
It’s not all weaponry, however.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been giving a lot of money through infrastructure to nations across the world party in order to build better relationships between China and these recipient nations. Between 2000-2017, China gave Russia $125 billion, Venezuela received $91 billion, Brazil $41 billion, Pakistan $34 billion, and Iran $17 billion.
There is a very strong Russia-China relationship that’s been built, and many of these other relationships are with nations that are suspiciously close to the United States.
In particular, China has been sending researchers throughout the Arctic, conducting “dual-use research with intelligence or military applications in the Arctic.” Both Iceland and Greenland are nations that currently have Chinese researchers present, with Greenland’s Chinese station being situated on the west side of the country. China has no Arctic land within its boundaries.
What is China preparing for?
The rhetoric of China against both Taiwan and the United States has only been growing increasingly agitated over the past year, and we’re seeing more and more warning signs that China has something up its sleeves. The pawns are being moved into position across the board.
What do you think? Are there other parts of Chinese military strength and influence that are growing of late that we didn’t mention above? What do you think about the Arctic research stations? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
Aden Tate is a regular contributor to TheOrganicPrepper.com and TheFrugalite.com. Aden runs a micro-farm where he raises dairy goats, a pig, honeybees, meat chickens, laying chickens, tomatoes, mushrooms, and greens. Aden has four published books, What School Should Have Taught You, The Faithful Prepper, An Arm and a Leg, The Prepper’s Guide to Post-Disaster Communications, and Zombie Choices. You can find his podcast The Last American on Preppers’ Broadcasting Network.