Chinese Navy’s 055-class guided missile destroyer Nanchang takes part in a naval parade off the eastern port city of Qingdao, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy, China, April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Chinese military experts on Tuesday suggested the use of non-lethal electromagnetic weapons, including low-energy laser devices, in expelling US warships that have been repeatedly intruding into the South China Sea in the past week.

Ships from the Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier strike group and America amphibious assault ship expeditionary strike group sailed together in the South China Sea on Sunday for expeditionary strike force drills, the US Pacific Fleet said on its Twitter account on Monday.

This is the third time in just a week US warships are known to have trespassed into the South China Sea: US guided missile destroyer McCampbell on March 10 trespassed into China’s territorial waters in the Xisha Islands, and amphibious assault ship America and littoral combat ship Gabrielle Giffords sailed in operations in the South China Sea on Friday.

To counter US’ repeated trespasses into Chinese territorial waters, the Chinese military has the option of using new approaches, including the deployment of electromagnetic weapons, Song Zhongping, a Chinese military expert and commentator, told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Firing at US warships is not a good choice unless the US fires first, and that would result in the start of a China-US military conflict, Song said, noting that bumping into US ships might also not be a good counter, as lessons have been learned from the Black Sea bumping incident between the Soviet Union and US in 1988.

But the use of electromagnetic weapons, including low-energy laser devices, could be viable, as they can temporarily paralyze US ships’ weapon and control systems without visible conflict but can send a strong warning, according to Song.

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Electromagnetic weapons can emit electromagnetic waves that can potentially jam electronic devices of target vessels and will not cause casualties, military observers said.

The US accused a Chinese destroyer of using lasers on February 17 on its patrol aircraft near Guam, even though it was the US aircraft that had initially conducted repeated close-in reconnaissance that interrupted the Chinese fleet’s normal navigation and training. This is a good example and could be applied more, Song said.

The US side is using “freedom of navigation” as an excuse to repeatedly enter the South China Sea to flex its muscles and cause trouble, which are acts of hegemony that violate international law, threatening peace and stability in the region, People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Southern Theater Command spokesperson Li Huamin said after the US naval activities on March 10, noting that the US warship was expelled by Chinese naval and aerial forces.

China has undisputed sovereignty over the islands in the South China Sea and nearby waters, and the Chinese military remains highly vigilant at all times. It will take any necessary measure to safeguard national sovereignty, peace and stability in the South China Sea, Li said after that incident.

The PLA has yet to announce its response to the US activities on Friday and Sunday.

 

Source: Global Times

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ANDRE JULIANO MENDES
ANDRE JULIANO MENDES
2020-03-21 20:55

China will grow larger.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-20 23:42

Do these experts have even red international laws? Maritime borders are 20NM while EEZ are 200NM… South China sea is NOT China’s private lake, no matter if China illegally occupies islands belonging to Vietnam or the Philippines which simply have no military means to confront PLA bullying! Does this expert has ever heard about the EMP-JDAM? If he thinks US have no electromagnetic weapons, China will be in for a hard ride : the EMP-JDAM is not set to temporary neutralise e.g. a ship : it’s made to “roast” all the systems around just like a tactical nuke would! Better… Read more »

Gryz
Gryz
2020-03-22 01:48
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

“Another funny fact : PLA has already played very stupid using lasers to blind pilots of other nations as everybody has bases in Djibouti… And ended being warned that if they go on, it’d be considered as deliberate attacks and the answers would take the form of missiles against their assets…” ==> it was quite the opposite, repeated instance of US warship being openly targeted and painted by Chinese coastal radars forced USN sailors to find alternate, less-exposed routes to go through and even refrained from closing to some ADIZ altogether, you should wake up from your bubble that I’n… Read more »

Christian Palestinian Arab
Christian Palestinian Arab
2020-03-20 19:58

Communist China is a real problem for the entire world for a variety of reasons.

Most people around the world can’t stand them!

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-20 23:10

It’s obvious they want to do land thievery on 23 countries and they don’t even hide their intentions. If they go on with their pretty aggressive foreign policy, well, they’ll end facing an ASIAN NATO to contain them.
Note that they claim ownership of all Siberia too and China has borders with only 14 countries…
Now, when it comes to communism, lol! China has long switched to capitalism, you can even speak about anarcho-captalism since they do capitalism without any rules used for its regulation…

Gryz
Gryz
2020-03-22 01:42
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

Oh is that so ! so land theft is a bad thing after all ? then how about we reassess another darling of yours called Israel that came guns blazing in 1947 right into the middle of a certain region and expropriated homes from its previous owners first through outright terror bombings following by ethnic cleansing, and then all the way to this very day continued their expansion over every single of their neighbors’ territories, showing utter disregard and contempt for their borders and frontier lands ? Golan, West Bank, East Jerusalem, Shebaa Farms, The whole the Sinai and the… Read more »

Gryz
Gryz
2020-03-22 14:43
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

“It’s obvious they want to do land thievery on 23 countries and they don’t even hide their intentions” And America has 1,000 bases overseas most of which are located more than ten thousands of miles away from their mainland, and through which they de-facto colonize host countries via the CIA’s full spectrum dominance doctrine at every level of their society, would it be political, institutional, or financial level, and has either triggered coup d’états and/or invaded and/or occupied and/or outright destroyed several major middle-eastern, latin american and Asian nations over the past decades. Besides its so-called “stalwart ally” and 51st… Read more »

Gryz
Gryz
2020-03-22 01:44

and I know of another government with just that level of contempt from 99% of the community of nations and even a majority of their own people nowadays. Start with a US and ends with an A. And I will give you that, they hate competition for sure. Their useful idiots are everywhere to remind it online, too, you being a prime example of that, self-proclaimed CPA, or rather should I say a backup account from the other guy below.

Gryz
Gryz
2020-03-23 22:27

There’s nothing Christian, Arab, let alone Palestinian in this fake account. Nothing but a well-known douchebag echoing himself in lies again through multiple accounts. Pathetic.