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In the year 2015, China published a strategy document – China’s military strategy, on the future PLA war designs. This enumerated shifting the focus from the ‘offshore waters defence’ to “open seas protection”. The vision for a blue water Chinese Navy was laid out by then-President Hu Jintao in his Christmas eve speech in 2004. Dubbed as “New Historic Missions”, this was designed to restore China’s lost glory. The plan was further explained in a 2008 defence white paper. In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping finally cemented the plan of a ‘world-class’ military by 2035, capable of winning wars across the globe by 2050. Today PLAN is 350 ships strong (130 major surface components) and the largest Navy in the world, at least, numerically.

China’s ambitions would mostly depend upon PLA Navy assisted by PLA Rocket Force (PLARF), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), and PLA. The PLAN assets consist of:

  • PLAN Warships and Submarines: 350
  • PLAAF Aircraft: 3010

How China plans to attack Taiwan and how the free world would take on China, continue to read on India’s most respected Think-Tank platform, ‘Chanakya Forum’:

45 thoughts

  1. Hopefully it won’t be that grave a threat as quality will be compromised for quantity and add to that conscription where in there is no will to fight by the young Chinese

    1. Our only drawback is not getting the Quad together militarily. Malabar exercises would be interesting with Australia coming on board.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  2. Firstly let me just thank you for all your visits and likes on my news site appreciated ….This would be no surprise ….two things l learned in my years that make this possible even more XI wants his own real Terrocota Army following his family dynasty and Chinas mythology is one of waiting like on a chessboard and then moving a piece at a time ….as in the their version of the ‘ Art of War ‘ finally a friend who saw this third world country rising years ago said: With out insult “ Beware of the Yellowman “ he was an astute solicitor …Finally l also have no wish for war pray for peace not conflict

  3. Although for the moment, the war that is being waged to corner rare earth materials, all resources, and financial markets seems to be going well. Military threat seems like a reference frame that backs up the financial war. Thanks for this.

  4. Only time will tell how this will play out. I wonder if what I’m hearing of efforts to push against China will impact it at all? Or, has she gained so much momentum that there’s no stopping it?

    1. No, the momentum is not that great. An interesting aspect would be to watch out for the next US President, and what he does after winning the elections.
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  5. Yeah.if we see the present situation on our border and his policy with other countries,i think all is right whatever you said.he is doing all for only his increasing the pressure on all sides because of his benefits.may be it is his threaten to world , he will too know about many harms of much there are his supporters.what is your idea,dear Sandomina!! Plz reply.

    1. Thank you so much, Aruna, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
      China is very smart. It understands the pulse of countries and leaders. They always keep the pressure below a threshold level. So if they do not invade Taiwan, nothing much will change in the world.

  6. Your posts have opened my eyes!
    So informative! Being from the US things are so crazy here, I fear for the intelligence people, who are being blocked by our crazy president!

  7. I may have slightly divergent views on this one but I feel that I must share them with you and hopefully get a better insight as to why you feel that the annexation of Taiwan by China is a certainty and only a matter of time.

    It is true that China has laid historical claim to Taiwan on several occasions in the past and even now they consider it as a part of mainland China. It si also true that the Chinese have been following a policy of entrapping comparatively less economically prosperous countries in a debt trap and then asking them to cede land in lieu. Pakistan and Sri Lanka ( Hambantota port ) are two examples.

    However, we also need to take note of the fact that most of the countries in Africa and other parts of the world who are in debt to China are so poor that they possibly cannot repay their debt for several years. Secondly, at this point of time when China is itself economically vulnerable, would it take the extreme step of going in for annexation of Taiwan. Thirdly, with the world opinion so strongly against China due to the global pandemic that it unleashed, would the Chinese take the chance of antagonizing the world further ? Fourthly, the unrest and other related problems within China also need to be taken into consideration. No matter how dictatorial the regime or the PLA may be, they definitely will not be able to take on the entire population, if it decides to rebel against the current state of affairs that prevail within mainland China. Hong Kong is a different cup of tea altogether.

    Keeping these factors in mind, I do not feel that the time is appropriate for China to go in for any kind of a mis-adventure in Taiwan . They will try and take advantage of the forthcoming US presidential elections into probably strengthening their hold on Hong Kong and at the same time keep the pot boiling on the Sino-Indian borders. But to take an extreme step, like the annexation of Taiwan, may be a bit too far fetched.

    Your views please.

  8. Things look ominous as of now. China could launch an attack on Taiwan one day. It is not relenting much in the border row with India.
    And economically, many countries, even India and US still depend for a lot on Chinese made products.

  9. Looks like they plan on having a lot of ships in a small ‘n almost enclosed area. Missiles I’m seeing look too big, but Taiwan has one that “skims” … something like that, smaller, more powerful and easily handled by 1 or 2 people? Anyway, an absolutely great article you have up on the Chanakya Forum!!!

    1. Very accurate assessment. War has no place in modern societies. We have to come together and expose the belligerent forces.

  10. Just a thought – is it your writeup that is drawing so huge traffic that ? –

    “509 bandwidth limit exceeded – The server is unable to service your request …”

    Just notifying, please feel free to delete this comment in time, for its not a real comment to the post. And of course, server shall be okay after sometime.

  11. Yeah.China has this purpose;but fulfilment of this purpose,there are many obstacles i.e.other many powerful countries’s protesting,lost of his big market in the world.if he attacks but it is sure that dragon never wins.

  12. I feel China is a threat for which India is least prepared. We are very much complacent like our ancestors. We just feel and believe that Chinese weapons won’t work like their products. Very self satisfying but false beliefs. We raise questions about their quality. But in reality, China exports its technological goods to developed industrialised nations and what is smuggled to India is 3rd rated products.

    We in India love to remain in our own false air of security. That should change. War is not just about strategy or equipment, a strong economy is needed to fund the war for a long time. Also in these days, war has shifted from physical battleground to politics, media , ideology and other assymetric avenues. And India is still not prepared for it.

    1. Haha… Actually, I have no issues with ordinary Chinese citizens. They are stuck between a rock and a hard place. It is the CCP and Xi Jinping who are hell-bent upon destroying this beautiful world. Yes, I do not buy Chinese stuff to avoid funding CCP. 😁

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