Satellites, Targeted Ships: Russia, China Circling America?

Washington is not satisfied that Russia has conducted what the United States calls a “dangerous and irresponsible” missile test. The test apparently targeted one of Russia’s satellites as part of some kind of anti-satellite missile system. The United States says the test put the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) in danger.

Meanwhile, HI Sutton of USNI News noted that “a second suspected missile target in the form of a US aircraft carrier has been discovered in a rural Chinese desert, according to satellite photos.” The aircraft carrier appears to be a missile target. “The aircraft carrier’s target is about 300 miles away from a larger suspected missile range in the Taklamakan Desert,” USNI News first reported Sunday. “The two sites share similar characteristics and are aligned on a map with the aircraft carriers in the same direction, as if in a convoy. Like the first, this new target shares the same dimensions as a United States Navy aircraft carrier.” notes the report.

China is also building new aircraft carriers, one of which could launch next year. The United States seems to be reacting every week to new reports of these kinds of threats, whether they be hypersonic missiles or “carrier destroyer” missiles, or threats to space and America’s global role.

There are other threats as well. The United States and its Western allies are talking about defending Ukraine against Russia. They are also embroiled in a possible confrontation with Belarus. At the same time, US President Joe Biden is warning China not to take action against Taiwan.

The list of crises is growing and the United States has opened by noting that it wants to spend twenty years of the global war on terrorism to face “almost equal” adversaries such as Russia and China. But Russia and China have seen the United States withdraw from Afghanistan and have seen the United States pushed over and over again elsewhere. Turkey, for example, managed to get the United States to withdraw from Syria and even attacked American partners on the ground, and the United States is silent.

The flags of the United States and China fly from a street lamp in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, November 1, 2021. (Credit: REUTERS / BRIAN SNYDER)

Can Washington address all these emerging problems simultaneously? He seems to have been surprised by the gains from Chinese hypersonic missiles. Stories about China using simulated American ships for possible target practice and Russia destroying a satellite appear to be potential new challenges for the U.S. While the United States has the most sophisticated military technology, such as F-35s, it is generally slow in acquisition and has been resting on its laurels for years. New weapons are in the works and the United States wants to invest in its navy. But at air shows like Dubai, it tends to be countries like Russia that steal the spotlight with their new Checkmate fighter jet. It’s unclear if those planes are really as good as the designers claim. But what matters sometimes is perception. The perception is that the United States is being challenged everywhere.

America has been here before. In 1970, the President of the United States, Richard Nixon, said in a speech: “Yes, when things are low, the most powerful nation in the world, the United States of America, acts like a pitiful and defenseless giant, the forces of totalitarianism and anarchy will threaten free nations. ” and free institutions around the world. “Today this seems to be more true than ever. The new Atlantic cover says” the bad guys are winning. “In the important article Anne Applebaum writes the following:” If the 20th century was the history of a slow and unequal struggle, which ended with the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies (communism, fascism, virulent nationalism), the 21st century is, until now, a history in reverse “.

In fact, authoritarians are on the march everywhere. Turkey has been deporting Syrian refugees for Tik Tok videos and has crushed all dissidents. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg was pressed on why Turkey is a member of NATO when it has become a totalitarian regime. He tried to answer, but the answers are empty. Ankara no longer upholds any of the values ‚Äč‚Äčthat NATO was designed to protect. Ankara works with Russia and China, as well as Iran. All dictatorships work together. Venezuela and Belarus are key partners of Turkey, Iran and Russia.

All of these countries feel weak in the United States and the West. But they know that the US remains strong when it comes to military technology and also when it comes to the network of US allies, be it the Five Eyes network or other groupings. Authoritarians, by contrast, are just beginning to work together in forums like the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. While some far-right regimes, like Imran Khan in Pakistan, have argued that a multipolar world is important, replacing US hegemony, getting there is difficult when countries like Pakistan barely rule their own borders. But the alliance of authoritarians is making progress. These achievements in hypersonic missiles and in space will begin to corrode America’s role. It’s clear that while the United States spent 20 years fighting the extremists, it largely ended up withdrawing and giving Afghanistan back to the Taliban. It has to partner with governments like Qatar that are authoritarian and also with groups in Iraq that are close to Iran. Meanwhile, American adversaries, who were not involved in these “endless wars,” were building their arsenals and also selling influence around the world. China was moving into Africa and South America, Russia was spreading its weight and so were Turkey and Iran.

While the satellite test and the target ships in the Chinese desert are just symbols, the headlines show that the United States is constantly trying to shift its focus from places like Ukraine to Taiwan. Can you defend both? Time will tell.

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