I don’t know whether you caught the reports of a rather bellicose comment by a Chinese admiral. From Navy Times:
Another Beijing official has sounded off about the communist nation’s perceived dominance of the South China Sea region, this time coming as an alarming threat of inflicting mass casualties on the U.S. Navy.
During a Dec. 20 speech to the 2018 Military Industry List summit, China’s Rear Adm. Lou Yuan, the deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences, added fuel to the South China Sea fire when he stated the key for Chinese domination in those hotly contested waters could lie in the sinking of two U.S. aircraft carriers, according to a report by Australia’s news.com.
“What the United States fears the most is taking casualties,” the admiral said, before adding that such an attack on two of the U.S. Navy’s steel behemoths would claim upwards of 10,000 lives.
Lou went on to call America’s military, money, talent, voting system and fear of adversaries the five U.S. weaknesses that can be easily exploited, according to the report.
“We’ll see how frightened America is,” he said.
It should be noted that Adm. Lou Yuan is an academic rather than a line officer and has something of a history of making outrageous requirements. But such comments on the part of Chinese military officers are not particularly unusual, particularly in the Chinese language media. I’ve commented on them from time to time in the past before.
I don’t know what the U. S. would do if the Chinese Navy were to sink a U. S. aircraft carrier. I suspect they would not make the appropriate response but truly do not know.
I also do not know what the Chinese military fears most. I suspect it is that their military doctrine is so very untested. Maybe they are self-reflected enough to think that.