The Complete Chinese War Preparedness And Military Update

Tyler Durden's picture

With China increasingly in the news involving some new diplomatic or geopolitical escalation, a new territorial claim, the launch of a brand new aircraft carrier, or just general chatter of military tensions surrounding the aspirational reserve currency superpower, it is time for yet another update of the complete "military and security developments  involving the people’s republic of China", courtesy of the annual report to Congress discussing precisely this issue.

The only Org Chart that matters:


China Sovereignty Claims:


Chinese Ground Forces:


Chinese ground force distribution map:


Chinese Navy:


Chinese Airforce:


Chinese airforce distribution map:


China Taiwan Strait and SRBM Coverage:


China Conventional Strike Capabilities:


Chinese Missile balance:


China Precision Strike capabilities:


Chinese ICBM reach capabilities:


The full report link - pdf.

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TeamDepends's picture

Mao is smiling down from commie heaven.  Oh wait...

johngaltfla's picture

Psst...Los Angeles residents you had best hope we don't go to war with China.


Because you are FUCKED!

AldousHuxley's picture

China is different than european colonial powers or even America. They have both the land area + population. Thus they have no motivation to invade others. The military is solely to control their own massive population & defend against invasions.



Pay Day Today's picture

Quite right. China does like receiving tributes and preferential treatment from lesser nations, but it has no interest in actually taking them over and dealing with the barbarians day to day.

Headbanger's picture

I don't see  Sum Ting Wong,  Wi Tu Lo or Ho Lee Fuk on that org chart!

And where's the Egg Roll Commission block??

"An army marches on its stomach"  - Napoleon

BudFox2012's picture

Maybe.  If I was in Australia, sitting on all that oil, rare earth metals, undeveloped land, and other goodies that China craves I would feel far from secure.

The_merovingian's picture

They have land + population but they lack sufficient resources to fully develop, hence an army to protect all the resources they will repatriate from around the world… same as US, no invasion simply making sure nobody blocs the ships bringing the oil and all the other stuff to the mainland.

Occident Mortal's picture

What about their anti-satellite weapons?

How many of the GPS satellites are within range?

Son of Loki's picture

Re: LA...if war breaks out the Chinese will have to fight the Mexicans for that city.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Right now there are probably a few satellites in space above China waiting to set off a nuclear EMP.  I have absolutely no fear of China in the least.  Now our FRIENDS like Japan?  Japan due to an accident is currently attacking the west coast of the United States and it is not even newsworthy.  In 10 years when you get cancer you will say, "Oh wow, that little cursing fish was right..."

Google: cursing fish cafepress

tbd108's picture

Give away free tacos and the fight will be over quickly.

Apostate2's picture

 Chinese bloggers refer to him as cured meat

lakecity55's picture

Hey, they left out the Manchurian Candidate block in the top schematic. That's the one Bath House is in.

chump666's picture

Thanks ZH, incredible summary (China) of the coming conflict.

RafterManFMJ's picture

It's pretty cool the interest we pay on all those Chinese owned US Treasuries are enough to find their military.

Real talent we got running this shitshow.

G.O.O.D's picture

haven't you been paying attention? We always finance our enemies because if we dont we would have noone to bomb the shitouta and that just dont go around here.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

You talkin' bout those Al-qaeder and taliban folks?

LMAOLORI's picture




I don't know if he was but....


Syrian rebels pledge loyalty to al-Qaeda


Obama waives ban on arming terrorists to allow aid to Syrian opposition


Oh, You Mean sKerry And Obama Lied? snip


"No kidding, right?

A team of security and arms experts, meeting this week in Washington to discuss the matter, has concluded that the range of the rocket that delivered sarin in the largest attack that night was too short for the device to have been fired from the Syrian government positions where the Obama administration insists they originated.

In other words, since the Syrians do not possess a teleporter it is not possible for the shell to have originated from Syrian-controlled territory."


MIT Report: Obama Used Bogus Intelligence to Push Syria War


A WAR with China well it could be an easy way to get rid of some of the useless eaters...


Biff Malibu's picture

what about the submarine launched missile off the coast of California?


sunny's picture


Doesn't a lot of this sound very much like what the Japanese thought of the US military Dec. 6, 1941? 

Just saying.


sunny's picture

And one more thing.  The Chinese don't have to lift a bullet to defeat the US.  They simply have to dump a whole big bunch of US bonds and destroy the US economy.  War over. 


Professor Fate's picture

Sounds like another job for Ambassador Rodman.  Oh Shit!  Can somebody get him out of rehab?

Fate the Magnificent
"Push the Button, Max"

Abitdodgie's picture

Yes but then the governments of  China and Amerika don't get to kill lots of people and thats not what they are about.

DeadFred's picture

That was an airplane contrail, even if it looked like it was going up from different angles, we swear it was just a contrail.

Ignatius's picture

Our leaders in all their benevolent wisdom off-shored our work to China, etc..

And Chinese leadership is more amoral than our own with a longer history of fucking the masses.

Now, what is it again that I'm supposed to give a shit about?

LetThemEatRand's picture

The fundamental problem is that our de facto leaders are international corporations along with oligarchs who inherited wealth from generations ago who could give a flying fuck about a potential coming war, or rather who welcome it.  Lots of money to be made.  And they don't much care about territorial boundaries any longer.  They already rule the world indirectly and they already live better than any King who ruled from a territorial castle.

yrbmegr's picture

You don't have to rule the world, you just have to rule the governments.

Septicus Maximus's picture

China, the glass-jaw superpower wannabe...  

Jack Burton's picture

America misses the good old days of the USSR and the never ending cold war. Today I sense a longing to get back to those days and China is providing the means to recreate that cold war America. Everything points to China as American's new satan and we must now arm against it. This means corporations gearing up to produce the means of war and for the taxpayers to drop their pants and take in the ass. History repeats, here we go again. The Chinese are coming! I was raised to hate and fear the USSR above all things on earth, this motivated me at 17 to join the stuggle by enlisting. Soon another genration will be spoon fed war fever and proaganda aimed at mass military spending to defend America. Surely China is planning something like an invasion or to cut our sea transport. All this while China reamains corporate America's cheap manufactuing center, a massive profit center. While the government borrows from China to fund the deficit etc. etc. Funny world, our main trading partner and creditor is now the new USSR.

Iran is now back in the headlines as the devil again, bent on America's destruction, Putin is a threat, he does not follow US dictates and thus threatens our democracy. ANd here comes China.

America, Americans seem unable to cope with life without a whole raft of deadly enemies who we need to defend ourselfs from. In fact, no nation has any plans to attack AMerica, nor the ability to do so. Yet, here we go, gearing up to spend many more trillions to meet the new enemy China.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Spot on.  The true irony is that any real military threat to America went away when we developed nuclear weapons.   It is literally impossible to invade America without being destroyed.  The cold war itself stayed a cold war for that reason, and the regional conflicts were just an excuse for the military to continue building all variety of conventional weapons and (as you observe) keep the American sheep in a constant state of worrying about the boogeyman.   And of course to further the interests of the international corporations who profit from things like invading Iraq and opening its oil fields to international oil cartels.    And I'm pretty sure most readers here have figured out that the "terrorists" don't hate us for our freedoms.  

LynRobison's picture

I'm not sure it's impossible. First, China and/or Russia dump their U.S. treasuries to crash the dollar and collapse the U.S. economy. Soon thereafer, they release a biological agent (virus) in the U.S. against which their people have been innoculated. Then they set off suitcase nukes near our military bases on U.S. soil. With the United States in chaos, they march in with a huge army to "help" the U.S. government "restore order", and they never leave. Even if they aren't able to pull off the "we are here to help" approach, the U.S. military is only equiped to fight a regional conflict or two, and cannot sustain a lenghty or widespread war -- we have so little manufacturing capacity left in the U.S. that we can't manufacture large quantities of replacement parts for tanks and warplanes and warships. And with the collapse of the dollar, we won't be able to afford it anyway. Looks like a slam dunk to me.

Ignatius's picture

You're describing the view from inside Iraq... with a few character, costume and scenery changes.

IREN Colorado's picture

You've missed the scenario completely. Let me take a stab at it: 1. Dump US securities and bonds on the market and make this real swell financial system kinda sick (maybe Soros will help with interesting suggestions for that), 2. attack US infrastructure by- knocking down the electrical grid (this would take only a few hundred pounds of C-4 and a few road trips), 3. physically attacking city centers with homicide bombs and bullets care of "terrorists" (Those individual actors could be paid, fatwah induced, & sponsored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Sudan, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt or other places we send financial aid and military hardware by the billions), 4. Have a few drug cartel types start a war on our southern border (Eric Holder will set them up with some screaming high performance hardware) after they guide the above terror teams across the border, 5. Once the above occurs it will be time to suspend the Constitution, the bill of rights, and round up those black guns. Ah, heck round up all guns while you are at it.

We do have Obamacare going for US though don't we.


Important Note: I am not advocating any of these actions. This is just how the US could be taken down in about 30 days. Pray for the Republic

n8dawg84's picture

I do not completely disagree with you, but I'd like to share some thoughts just for consideration.


"First, China and/or Russia dump their U.S. treasuries to crash the dollar and collapse the U.S. economy"

Agreed that it could likely be the first move, however, someone on ZH previously suggested that the Fed has already absorbed so many trillions in US Treasuries that a dump by China/Russia would not be seen as castostrophic as it would have been prior to QE.  I cannot remember the exact numbers, but if the Fed owns roughly $4T-$5T they can easily absorb the $1T-$2T China/Russia owns without too much difficulty.  To paraphrase that specific poster, QE has diffused the Treasury Dump Bomb.


"...the U.S. military is only equiped to fight a regional conflict or two, and cannot sustain a lenghty or widespread war..."

Quite possibly, but the military has at least been in use when no other world power has been fighting.  While they might not be able to beat two combined world powers, they've had more practice in recent memory than anyone else.  (Not condoning, just making a point)  I personally don't think it would be easy even with the combined powers of China/Russia


BTW, didn't downvote you

TheReplacement's picture

Nah, EMPs for everyone.  Wait a year.  Only 20% of US population still alive and none of the power tools work.

saveandsound's picture

First, China and/or Russia dump their U.S. treasuries to crash the dollar and collapse the U.S. economy. 

Besides loosing a trading partner while destroying the US, this wouldn't be a promising move.

The FED would buy each and every treasury dumped by China and Russia. Would be interesting what price the FED offers. If they offered 99,5% yields wouldn't move a lot. If they offered a 60% haircut that might be a heck of a deal.

Element's picture

Ha, the paranoia is comical, I'll make this quick.

Beijing would have its hands full trying to take Taiwan, not to mention what would follow that, and not to mention that the PLAN itself could be severely mauled and attrited by a combined force of East Asian and South East Asian navies, even if the US were not involved in it.

Yeah, people in the US always forget, or don't even realize that several significant Asian regional navies have better kit, weapons, sensors and intel than most of the Chinese fleet.

China is just one country, and it does not have many friends or alliances, and it has none that really trust it. Indeed, it's China that's heavily threatened here, and looking to improve its own vulnerable strategic situation.

But in your scenario China must transfer a major force to the US to quell rambunctious Walmart shoppers while China itself would thus be rendered open to sustained naval and air attack, by ... hmm .... by ... well actually, those not attacking China, in that sort of situation, would be a shorter list.

silvermail's picture

As "Terrorists" today called anyone who refuses to submit to the dictatorship and terror of Washington.

Ignatius's picture

Normally I agree with you Jack, but me thinks the 'War on Terror' does the trick.

Terrorism:  ever present and without definition, that is, perfect.

Terrorism is theatre.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Very true, but terrorism + major world power enemy is even better.  It becomes even harder for the average ZH reader to explain to a sheep why the NSA and MIC should be defunded, if their stated mission is to protect against both.  

Sick's picture

You are wrong.  We do not have a is a cleptocracy run by criminals for the criminals.  We are doomed and will have to pay the price to take our country back.  Freedom is not free.

pupdog1's picture

China calls them destroyers. The US Navy calls them snacks.

China calls them frigates. The US Navy calls them sorbet.

China calls it an aircraft carrier. The US Navy calls it much needed comic relief in these trying times.

LetThemEatRand's picture

There is about as much chance of an American warship engaging a Chinese warship as a pig flying out of my ass, so even if true it is beside the point.  Perhaps there will be regional proxy wars over rocks in the China Sea, which will require trillions of "aid" to the opposiing forces.   And the international war machine marches on, bigger and badder than ever while we all work to fund it.

skeeterpi's picture

I agree, Obama the fascist admires the semi-communist Chinese. Plus he doesn't have the balls to do anything.

LetThemEatRand's picture

Agreed, so long as you are not implying that Obama is any different from any other puppet that will replace him of either Team as it concerns building up the NSA and MIC to serve the oligarchs and keep the sheeple hiding under their school desks and ducking and covering from unseen enemies.

Emergency Ward's picture

The danger with Obama is that he is always looking for ways to construct an image of Macho Strongman War Chief.  That's why we have otherwise incomprehensible acts of war, bald-faced lies about the Syrian and Iranian situations, a confounding defense of war crimes committed by the US, wedding bombings, drone attacks, child assassinations, Osama manhunts, Pacific Pivots, CIA adventurism on every continent, etc, etc....he is a loose cannon and believes that his use of US military is the solution rather than the problem.......continuing and amplifying the disastrous policies of his predecessor.....with cheerleading from the former anti-war crowd...

patb's picture

True, however, the Chinese DF-21 is not to be underestimated, if they can establish, good lock a DF-21 will poke some serious holes in those expensive carriers and aegis cruisers.  The chinese also have diesel electric submarines, and no sub in the world

is ignored by a carrier.


If i were running chinese strrategy, i'd look at how to attack the resupply vessels to the battle group.  Without at sea replenishment,

the carriers rapidly run out of parts, fuel and munitions, and have to retreat to home base.


Also attacking american space assets will create a real mess, the carriers don't go without a recon pass.


yrbmegr's picture

I think everyone underestimates the US armed forces, and they like it that way.

fudge's picture

And just as many over estimate US capabilities.

Not for nothing did the Chinese hack the shit out of sooooo many poorly protected US Corporations ... A Thousand Grains Of Sand.

Both China and the Russian Federation ( and by extension some smaller Nation States ) are well aware of what they face in a conventional conflict.

pupdog1's picture

It's a shame that China hasn't claimed New Jersey.