You think China wants to go? China sure seems like it wants to go.
America’s newest rival has already been inundating our nation with cyber attacks, but it seems like digital warfare ain’t enough for the People’s Republic. Nah, they wanna make sure they’re ready to go to real war, so much so that they are practicing it.
And not practicing it with each other, like okay, you half of the Chinese Army pretend to be America and we’ll try and getcha. Nope, they’re practicing on U.S. ships.
Sure fucking seems like China wants to go. From the Free Beacon:
A Chinese attack submarine conducted a simulated cruise missile attack on the aircraft carrier USS Reagan during a close encounter several weeks ago, according to American defense officials.
Navy officials recently briefed congressional staff on the incident that took place during the weekend of Oct. 24—days before the Navy warship USS Lassens sailed within 12 miles of disputed Chinese islands in the South China Sea, triggering vocal criticism from Beijing.
The Obama administration has kept details of the submarine targeting incident secret to avoid upsetting military relations between the Pentagon and the People’s Liberation Army.
BTD that ish illegal.
The targeting incident near the Sea of Japan in October violated China’s 2014 commitment to the multinational Code for Unplanned Encounters at Sea, known as CUES, designed to reduce the risk of a shooting incident between naval vessels, said officials familiar with details of the encounter they described as “serious.”
A section of the non-binding 2014 agreement states that commanders at sea should avoid actions that could lead to accidents or mishaps. Among the actions to be avoided are “simulation of attacks by aiming guns, missiles, fire control radar, torpedo tubes or other weapons in the direction of vessels or aircraft encountered.”
It had previously been reported that the sub had been stalking the carrier. A source described it as “more than a brief encounter” which possibly lasted a half a day.
U.S. officials declined to comment on the report of a simulated cruise missile strike.
But I will.
Sure seems like China wants to go.
[H/T End Time Headlines]