By Roger Cliff, Mark Burles, Michael S. Chase, Derek Eaton, Kevin L. Pollpeter

May well China use antiaccess ideas to defeat the us in a conflict-in the feel of achieving its army and political targets whereas combating the USA from doing likewise? research of chinese language military-doctrinal writings unearths a few antiaccess options which may have this impact. there are many activities the U.S. can take, even though, to lessen the effectiveness of such concepts.

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Although official Chinese doctrine holds that, at the strategic level, China will never 10 For one example among the many sources that address this topic, see Jiang (1997). On pp. 35–41, Jiang discusses the PLA’s history of fighting against enemies with superior equipment and technology in the Chinese civil war, the war against Japan, and the Korean War. In addition, Jiang notes that it was Mao Zedong who, at a meeting in September 1953, first officially raised the formulation of ҹࡷ࢓㺙໛៬㚰Ӭ࢓㺙໛Пᬠ [“using inferior equipment to defeat an enemy with superior equipment”].

Forces access in the same way as the (American) analysts would. At most, they have relied on a nonsystematic examination of a country’s doctrinal writings for ideas about what types of antiaccess methods that country might employ. In particular, there has been no in-depth analysis of what types of antiaccess methods the military strategists of one of the most prominent candidates for employing such an approach might be contemplating—China. S. 20 Examples of antiaccess measures include attacks on airfields, which could force aircraft to operate from more-remote airfields or could prevent additional forces from being flown into the theater; attacks on seaports, which could prevent additional forces from being brought into the theater through these ports; and attacks on aircraft 19 The terms access and antiaccess cannot be found in the DoD dictionary (DoD, 2001, as amended).

Military conflict does not occur in a vacuum. Rather, it takes place within a specific geographic and political context that will inevitably provide the PLA with opportunities to offset the United States’ advantages in technology. As Jiang (1997, pp. 113–114) explains, if China confronts an enemy with high technology and superior equipment in a local war, it is impossible that the enemy would also have comprehensive superiority in politics, diplomacy, geography, and support. ” As a result, “there are opportunities to defeat even adversaries with 28 Entering the Dragon’s Lair: The Implications of Chinese Antiaccess Strategies the most advanced weaponry and equipment” (Jiang, 1997, p.

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