CHINA’S ECONOMIC DOMINATION PLAN
North Korea’s latest missile test involved the firing of a road-mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) dubbed the Hwasong-12.
Photographs of the missile provided by North Korean state media reveal the IRBM is carried atop a Soviet-era design transporter erector launcher that was either acquired from the Minsk Automobile Plant, known as MAZ, or copied and built by China.
A photo analysis indicates the Hwasong-12’s launcher is either a variant of the MAZ launcher used to fire the Soviet SS-20 IRBM or a Chinese reverse-engineered model of the MAZ produced for the People’s Liberation Army’s Wanshan mobile missile launchers.
Chinese knockoff launchers are made by the Wanshan Special Vehicle Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of China Aerospace Sanjiang Space Co. Ltd. that is a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), a major state-run military manufacturer. A similar transporter erector launcher was exported to Pakistan to carry Islamabad’s Shaheen II IRBM and shown off in recent military parades in the country.
A special United Nations panel of experts confirmed in a report several years ago that CASIC-made Wanshan missile launchers were sold to North Korea in 2011 by China, although Beijing claimed the vehicles were sold to haul lumber. Instead, the North Koreans modified the trucks for their new KN-08 road-mobile ICBM.
Rick Fisher, a China military affairs analyst, suspects the same company that sold the KN-08 launchers may have provided the launchers for the Hwason-12.
“In its brochures, the Sanjiang Special Vehicle Co. says it entered into a joint venture with MAZ,” said Mr. Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.
Moscow in the 1980s would have been unlikely to permit its then-satellite Belarus to transfer such strategic missile technology to China. But after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Belarus could have shared the know-how.
“So the crucial point is that Wanshan/Sanjiang would have been very familiar with MAZ TEL designs if they wanted to conceal the real origin of some of the TELs now in North Korea and Pakistan,” Mr. Fisher said.
China’s new economic and development plan for the Asia-Pacific region is getting high-level attention inside the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies.
The program is called “One Belt, One Road,” producing the awkward acronym OBOR. It is the brainchild of President Xi Jinping, who has amassed more power in the past few years than any communist leader since Mao.
A Pentagon official tells Inside the Ring that close examination of the program has revealed an ominous side: China’s government has set its sights on global domination through economic means, backed by its diplomatic, intelligence and military power.
Internal strategic analysis of OBOR indicates the ultimate objective of Beijing is to undermine and ultimately replace the current American-led international order based on democracy and free markets. Beijing instead is working to create a new Chinese-led economic and political order combining anti-democratic governance combined with socialist, state-directed economic and financial policies.
Mr. Xi announced the OBOR program in 2013 as an