Tension between Washington and Beijing have intensified in recent months due to the increasing number of US Navy missions in the South China Sea as well as China’s efforts to strengthen its military presence in territories disputed by other Asian powers.
In this context, Vice Admiral Luo Yuan, deputy director of the Academy of Military Sciences of the People’s Liberation Army, hinted that the sinking of two US aircraft carriers would solve the conflict around the seas of East and southern China as reported by Sputnik citing Taiwanese media.
Speaking at a Chinese military industry summit on December 20, Luo spoke to the US military, which he described as one of the “five sources of weakness” in the United States. According to the academic, “what the United States fear most is loss of life.”
Mentioning China’s growing capabilities in anti-ship missiles and cruise missiles, Luo said the destruction of a single aircraft carrier would cost the lives of 5,000 US soldiers, while the destruction of two of these carriers would double the losses.
“We will see how frightened America is,” he said.
More generally, Luo said that in dealing with Washington, Beijing must “use its strength to attack the weaknesses of the enemy; Attack where the enemy fears most. Wherever the enemy is weak, take advantage of your strengths.
Luo suggested that the “five weaknesses” that China can use to put pressure on the United States are their army, the dollar, their talent, their electoral system and their fear of opponents.
Last month, a Washington-based think tank warned that the US Navy could lose its superiority, given the difficulties it faces in facing challenges “posed by major powers like China and Russia.”
These threats included the ballistic forces of both countries and the US’s insufficient capacity to counter them with existing missile defense systems.
China claims the sovereignty of much of the waters of the South China Sea. Beijing has built artificial islands in this area; an action that has prompted protests from some countries in the region as well as the United States.
Under the pretext of defending the freedom of navigation, the United States has deployed maritime and air units in this region.