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[infowar.de] Bill Gertz zur High-Tech Aufruestung in China
Eine Zusammenfassung des Kongressberichtes, der hier von Martin Kahl
bereits erwaehnt wurde, vgl.
typischer US-Hegemoniediskurs: "Wenn wir es selber machen, ist es gut,
wenn andere es uns nachmachen, ist es eine Gefahr."
China pursues arsenal of technology
By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
July 31, 2002
China is developing high-technology arms, including laser weapons and
radio-frequency bombs, to boost its ability to successfully carry out
warfare against the United States and other advanced military powers,
according to a recent Pentagon report.
Beijing's communist rulers also are using strategic deception to fool
the international community about China's long-term goals, says the
annual report to Congress on the People's Liberation Army.
The report, released this month, focuses primarily on China's
conventional and strategic nuclear arms buildup, which includes new
types of ships, aircraft, submarines and missiles. But it also reveals
new details of China's exotic weapons development efforts.
Among the key weapons are:
* Laser guns that can be used to blind soldiers and pilots and
knock out U.S. space-based intelligence and communications networks.
* Radio-frequency weapons that will electronically cripple command
and control electronic systems and make it impossible for militaries
hit by the bombs or missile warheads to conduct integrated warfare
* Information operations from computers that would attack
computer-based infrastructures with viruses or other malicious
Military analysts say the report provides new details on China's
clandestine military force modernization.
"This is all evidence that the People's Liberation Army is preparing
to compete with the United States in terms of future military
technologies," said Richard Fisher, a specialist on the Chinese
military with the Jamestown Foundation, a Washington think tank.
"In both its ancient history and its future strategies, China places
great importance on the development of surprise weapons or trump-card
weapons that will attack critical weaknesses of their enemies, to
include Taiwan and the United States," Mr. Fisher said.
The report quotes a Chinese naval officer, Capt. Shen Zongchang, as
saying that mastering outer space "will be a requisite for military
victory, with outer space becoming the new commanding heights for
Capt. Shen also said a key feature of future Chinese warfare will be
widely used "lightning attacks and powerful first strikes."
Key targets for Chinese attacks will be radar, radio stations,
communications facilities and command ships that will be hit with
precision-guided, electronic-attack and electromagnetic-pulse (EMP)
weapons, the report said.
The report notes that while China's government publicly opposes the
militarization of space, "privately China's leaders probably view
[anti-satellite weapons] and offensive counterspace systems, in
general - as well as space-based missile defense - as
Acquisition of foreign technology has revealed that the Chinese
military is working on an "active [anti-satellite] ASAT capability."
Larry Wortzel, a former military attache in Beijing, said Chinese
officials have announced that their goal is to turn spacecraft into
weaponry platforms for space warfare.
"I think what it boils down to is the Chinese have focused on a range
of really high-tech war-fighting technologies that are going to be at
the cutting edge of 21st-century warfare," said Mr. Wortzel, who is
now with the Heritage Foundation.
Mr. Wortzel said the Chinese are conducting the kind of
high-technology military transformation that Defense Secretary Donald
H. Rumsfeld has proposed for the U.S. military.
China's military has studied how the United States conducts modern
warfare and the sensors that are involved, said Mr. Wortzel. "They
are looking at blind what we call C4ISR ? command, control,
communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance," he said.
"They know we can't fight without that stuff, and they're working at
denying it to us."
The Pentagon said China has placed a priority on radio-frequency
weapons. Chinese military officials have said these exotic weapons
will be needed to defeat enemy electronics in the 21st century.
Stephen Bryen, a former Pentagon official who took part in a
congressional review commission on China, said the Chinese were
continuing to build up military forces with U.S. technology, despite
an embargo on transfers of military technology and goods.
Most worrisome is the fact that China is acquiring design and
manufacturing technology for Global Positioning System navigation, the
key element of precision-guided bombs and missiles, Mr. Bryen said.
"That is allowing them to leapfrog ahead in weapons development," he
Mr. Bryen said the solution is to develop U.S. military bases on
Taiwan, which would preclude any kind of sudden attack on the island.
"That would put the problem of China to end once and for all," he
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