While the U. S. is busy dealing with North Korea and its
Nuclear weapons development, the dragon in the hiding, China is awaking from a
long slumber.  So now we must see if the
United States has done its homework and covered our Ends, Means and Ends regarding
threats of China in the 2017 National Security Strategy (NSS).

 

Diplomatic

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China’s has a Communist government, officially
atheist but religious observance is on the rise.   Corruptions is widespread among all levels
of China’s government.  A large portion
of China’s government is made up of younger family members of the original
funding members that form the Politburo Standing Committee. This committee has
the top leaders of the Communist Party of China.  Theses members and families of leadership
live very well that has a large gap from the rest of China’s people. China’s
President Xi Jinping’s has been promoting a new policy meant to challenge the
U.S. and the rest of the world in areas it considers a core interest.  The 2017 NSS does not address the Government
of China as a specific threats but does address China’s development of weapons,
military, Economic strength and private sector of technology. These elements of
the U. S. strategy are specific national security interests and all post a
great risk to the U. S… 

 

Information

China holds a great influence on
Southeast Asia and is well on its way to becoming a world economic power.
China’s resources, and capabilities – China’s has the world’s largest
population of any nation, exceeding “1.3 billion in 2017” (Global Fire Power,
2017 China Military Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com).
The next two largest populations are India at “1.2 Billion” (Global Fire Power,
2017 China Military Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com).  China’s growth has been just around 10% per
annum and its goods and services are rapidly rising in quality and value.  In comparison the US and Europe have seen “0%
growth from 2007-2012″(Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military Strength, Global
Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com). One of China’s power
strength is the nation’s work force which directly reflects its wartime output
dealing with all manners of military industry – bullets, bombs, uniforms,
spares, specialized field equipment, medicine. 
The 2017 NSS calls for an ends with America “renewing the competitive
advantage.”(Trump, D. 2017, 2017 National Security Strategy of the United
States of America, pg 26)

  

Military

China has the largest military at
2.2 million (Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military Strength, Global Research,
2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com). The U.S. has the next largest
military at “2.3 million” (Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military Strength, Global
Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com).
“China also has the second highest number of population that reaches military
age annually at 22.9 million.” (Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military
Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com) China has “2,955” aircraft the
third highest in the world and sits around third amongst each type aircraft
where the U.S. has the most aircraft and most of each type. (Global Fire Power,
2017 China Military Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com)
China has over 6 thousand tanks the second most with the U.S. having under 6
thousand falling right behind China. China owns “714 ships” in her Navy
compared to the “United States’ “415 ships.” (Global Fire Power, 2017 China Military
Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018, https://www.globalfirepower.com). China
has the largest 2nd largest military budget behind the U.S. at “$161 billon.”  The 2016 USPACOM Posture Statement stated
“Chinese coercion, artificial island construction, and militarization in the
South China Sea threaten the most fundamental aspect of global prosperity and
freedom of navigation, (RCLF workbook, pg 64). Chinese military strategists
have been watching and tracking possible military threats which has caused
concern and increased” China’s government to allow a 19% annual increase in
military spending over the next five years.” , (Green, M,  December 18, 2017,  Elephants in the Room  The NSS and the China Challenge, http://foreignpolicy.com).
China is focused on controlling access and freedom of operations in vast
portions of the air and maritime domains, as well as in space and cyberspace
and the advancements in long-range, anti-ship cruise missiles, ballistic
missiles, air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, and kinetic and non-kinetic
counter-space systems. These are specific threats to the U. S.’s national
security interests.

The 2017 NSS addresses these
directly calling by “maintaining a forward military presence capable of
deterring and, if necessary, defeating any adversary” and working with Japan putting
into place a layered missile defense systems. (Trump, D. 2017, 2017 National
Security Strategy of the United States of America, pg 47).

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Economic

The 2017 NSS addresses China as being a challenger to the U. S.’s
influence and that China is focused on strengthen their economy and making it
less to fair to trade for others. This specific threat is covered in the 2017
NSS. One of China’s power strength is the nation’s work force which directly
reflects its wartime output dealing with all manners of military industry –
bullets, bombs, uniforms, spares, specialized field equipment, medicine.  China labor force is over “800, million
people.”  Global Fire Power, 2017 China
Military Strength, Global Research, 2003-2018,
https://www.globalfirepower.com).  By
1980, China’s government made Hugh economic strategy changes which have led
China to become a world economic power and world’s” biggest manufacturer and
exporter, dominating even the US market, while playing the role of financial
life line as it holds over $1.3 trillion in US Treasury notes.”, (Petras,
China: Rise, Fall and Re-Emergence as a Global Power, Global Research, 7 March
2012, https://www.globalresearch.ca). The U. S. strategic policy goals
regarding China’s growing economy Ends is “rethink the policies of the past two
decades”,(Trump, D. 2017, 2017 National Security Strategy of the United States
of America, pg 3), and that the U.S. must continue to grow our economy. The
2017 NSS improve in addressing this concern over the 2015 NSS. 

 

 

Intelligence and Law Enforcement

China’s national security decision-making in not like the U.S. but known
as largely absent. China’s does not have a strategy capable of protecting its
overseas economic interests. Through 2004 and 2012 China has made aggressive
moves in nuclear development.  The
current CDRUSPACOM  “Admiral Harris, has
noted that China is carrying out a comprehensive military modernization program
with the purpose of transforming its armed forces into a high-tech military
capable of conducting complex operations, in order to achieve its dream of
regional.  China’s cyber capabilities are
organized by a strategy that calls for the early application of its cyberwarfare
units against an adversary to establish information dominance. Information
dominance refers to: (1) taking and maintaining control of an adversary’s
access to its own information, and (2) disrupting the flow of information
necessary for decision-making or combat operations.” ,”(RCLF, pg 64), and has
growing aspirations of global reach and influence,”(RCLF, pg 64).  These are all specific threats to our
national security interest.  A China
& Russian alliance would be a major conflict with U.S.
objectives/interests.  China and Pakistan
alliance or relationship has brought the possibilities of China moving a naval
base to Pakistan would provide “a strategic reach into Central Asia, the Middle
East, and the Indian Ocean basin.”, (Rosen, A. 9 Feb 2016, ‘China has only one real ally’, http://www.businessinsider.com). The 2017 NSS identifies these risks the Asian
nations region by “improve law enforcement, defense, and intelligence
cooperation with Southeast Asian partners” (Trump, D. 2017, 2017 National
Security Strategy of the United States of America, pg 47), and to take on
better ways to protect ourselves from cyber-attacks. A risk that the 2017 NSS
makes is   calling for strong ties with
Taiwan. This could create hostilities to China.

 

Summary

The United States has done its homework regarding threats of China in the
2017 National Security Strategy (NSS). The 2017 NSS covered our Ends, Means and
Ends development of China weapons advancement and putting into place layered
missile defense systems. It also cllas for maintaining military superiority
over our enemies.