The Star Early Edition - - METRO - FAROUK ARAIE

soon change war­fare on ev­ery level. It will be­come the dom­i­nant en­abler of weapons sys­tems. And it will per­me­ate all as­pects of the art of war – from ro­botic weaponry, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence to the new breed of sol­diers on the bat­tle field.

China has tested and de­vel­oped mi­crowave weapons that could shut down elec­tronic sys­tems, even those that are shielded, by bom­bard­ing the tar­get with en­ergy pulses be­tween 100 and 300 000 mega­hertz. Car­ried in a stealthy drone or cruise mis­sile, it would be able to dis­able so­phis­ti­cated anti-ship mis­sile bat­ter­ies, fry en­emy radars, and paral­yse tank bat­tal­ions.

They con­stantly re­mem­ber the thoughts of Sun Tzu who said: “War­fare is the art of de­ceit.” China is fully pre­pared for asym­met­ric war­fare with the West. Its strat­egy is the use of an ar­ray of “as­sas­sins’ mace weapons”, to dis­rupt both the econ­omy and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the event of war with the US, in­clud­ing cy­ber-net­work at­tacks.

China is on its way to be­com­ing the most pow­er­ful na­tion on Earth by 2030. Air­craft car­ri­ers, an­ti­satel­lite By Stephen Fran­cis & Rico weapons, cy­ber-at­tack tech­nol­ogy, ul­tra-mod­ern drones and the largest arse­nal of bal­lis­tic mis­siles in­cor­po­rat­ing cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy. A ner­vous world will wit­ness the re­birth of the Chi­nese dragon as it be­comes an im­pe­rial power, whose reach will en­ve­lope the en­tire world.

Its gi­gan­tic foot­print will cause po­lit­i­cal seismic tremors. A new world or­der will be born, as China de­ploys a 10-ship air­craft car­rier force that will en­force its global edict. Ac­tonville, Ekurhu­leni

| AP African News Agency (ANA) Ar­chives

IN­VESTORS mon­i­tor stock prices at a bro­ker­age house in Bei­jing. The writer ar­gues that China is set to be­come the most pow­er­ful na­tion on Earth by 2030. He pre­dicts that the Chi­nese econ­omy will be big­ger than that of the US by 2028 and twice as large by 2050.

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