Huawei boss’s ar­rest could trig­ger ma­jor back­lash from China

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THE con­fronta­tion be­tween China, the US and Canada over Huawei’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer could lead to a sin­is­ter back­lash, with dire con­se­quences.

It was Napolean who once said: “When the Chi­nese dragon awak­ens, the world will trem­ble.”

Over the past 100 years, many na­tions de­sired to rule the world, Nazi Ger­many, com­mu­nist Soviet Union, Im­pe­rial Ja­pan and ex­pan­sion­ist US.

En­ter the dragon. China is no friendly panda. Its mas­sive claws are inch­ing to­wards com­plete global dom­i­na­tion. The new master of the uni­verse.

Shang­hai will eclipse New York and Lon­don as the cen­tre of fi­nance. The Yuan will dis­place the dol­lar as the world’s re­serve cur­rency. Man­darin will be spo­ken across the world along­side English. The Chi­nese econ­omy will be big­ger than that of the US by 2028, and twice as large by 2050. The world will be­come ac­quainted with the thoughts of Con­fu­cius, as it be­came fa­mil­iar with those of Plato.

Over the past 40 years, China has be­come an in­dus­trial colos­sus that no coun­try in recorded hu­man his­tory has ever at­tained. Amer­ica is fear­ful of China, an ad­ver­sary it can­not match or con­tain. China’s space tech­nol­ogy will see its space sta­tion de­ployed by 2022. It will have its own space-based so­lar-en­ergy power ar­ray.

China is im­pres­sively de­vel­op­ing the abil­ity to fight and win a ga­lac­tic bat­tle. It has the abil­ity to in­ter­dict satel­lites from ground and deep-space plat­forms.

China has tested and de­ployed elec­tronic-war­fare tech­nol­ogy aboard un­manned sys­tems ca­pa­ble of dis­rupt­ing en­emy-fighter radars and mis­siles, with jam­ming and spoof­ing across the en­tire elec­tronic mil­i­tary spec­trum. Without trum­pet­ing its ca­pa­bil­i­ties in stealth and anti-stealth war­fare, China has silently made im­pres­sive gains in this vi­tal cog of war, sur­pass­ing Western es­ti­mates. Its break­through will cause shock waves in the West.

China’s stealth ca­pa­bil­i­ties are at a thresh­old. It will ul­ti­mately, and very 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 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.

FAROUK ARAIE Ac­tonville, Ekurhu­leni

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.| ANDY WONG AP African News Agency (ANA) Archives

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