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Unlike the former Soviet Union, China is not interested in matching
America “warhead for warhead,” according to a noted defense
correspondent and author of a best-selling new book on Chinese
espionage.

Bill Gertz, a defense reporter for The Washington Times
and author of the new book, “Betrayal: How the
Clinton Administration Undermined American Security,” said that not only
does China pose a national security threat to the United States, but
that Beijing is building up military forces for other than regional
security interests.

“The Chinese are engaged in a pretty serious strategic and
conventional military buildup,” Gertz told WorldNetDaily. “The alarming
part of that is that it doesn’t appear as though they’re building up
forces just for a regional conflict. It appears as though they’re
developing forces [strictly] to oppose the United States.”

Gertz said the People’s Liberation Army “is building nuclear missiles
and new types of warheads,” based in large measure on technology robbed
from U.S. weapons labs. “Throughout the ’90s, that gleaning of
technology was also based on technology transfers” with the cooperation
and approval of the Clinton administration.

Gertz said China “still has only a modest nuclear force,” but that
Beijing’s “strategy is not the same as the U.S. and Russia, which tried
to match each other warhead for warhead.” Instead, he said, China is
engaged in “asymmetric warfare, where they’re developing a few high-tech
weapons able to counter a better-armed foe.” That, however, includes
about 20 long-range nuclear missiles — 13 of which are aimed at
America, according to Gertz’s sources and the CIA.

These long-range weapons “each have huge warheads,” he said, “in the
neighborhood of about five megatons each.” He said intelligence and
weapons specialists called them “city busters,” because the amount of
destruction they could do is enormous.

Beyond that, he added, “based on the U.S. technology they’ve attained
from us,” the Chinese are in the process of building two road-mobile
missiles that will have the capacity to deliver weapons “within three
years.” He said these weapons “are expected to have multiple
warheads.” Gertz said that was important “because the U.S. is planning
– we haven’t done it yet — but we’re planning to have missile
defenses, and those multiple warheads would be aimed at defeating any
[U.S.] defenses.”

“The U.S. decided not to build mobile missiles,” he said, “but our
country does have submarine-launched nuclear missiles, which are the
backbone of our nuclear triad.” That triad, he said, consists of land,
air and sea launched weapons.

“In today’s world, I think you do need a mix of weapons systems, but
mobile missile systems are definitely the weapon of the future,” he
said. The defense correspondent added that in the Gulf War, the single
largest producer of casualties “were Iraq’s SCUD missiles, which were
carried around on trucks” and hence difficult to locate and destroy.

“Theoretically, you could put a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile like
that on the deck of a freighter, park a couple hundred miles off the
U.S. coast, and launch one of them at an American city,” he said. “In
my book I make the point that that’s the real reason you need to have
missile defenses, and this administration has steadfastly refused to”
build them.

The author also said the negotiated agreements between Russia and
China are endangering national security. Gertz said during the Cold
War, the U.S. had set up electronic listening posts in China to monitor
Soviet military and political activities. “Playing the China card,” as
it was called then, was based on a mutual cooperation with Beijing that
simply does not exist today.

“Today, China is ‘playing the Russia card’ against the U.S.,” he
said, “and that’s an alliance that is definitely aimed against the
United States. The Chinese seem to be prodding the Russians away from
the West.” He added that Beijing and Moscow are cooperating by trading
weapons and economic incentives, and it has led to new border agreements
between the two countries as well. That, he said, has allowed China to
move large numbers of troops from its western border with Russia “to be
used for internal security duty.”

Gertz said espionage has been directed at the U.S. “for a number of
decades, and we didn’t really learn about it until 1995.” But very
little was done to try and stop it, he said, “which seems more than just
benign neglect” on the part of the Clinton White House.

“You have to look at this in the context of large amounts of Chinese
government cash that was going into Democrat Party coffers around 1996,”
he said, “so it appears on the surface as though the Clinton
administration either slowed down their interdiction efforts or simply
looked the other way.”

He said China has already tested the most modern nuclear warhead
modeled on the W-88, the United States’ most up-to-date design “a number
of times.”

“This is the most advanced warhead” in the world, Gertz told
WorldNetDaily, adding that the W-88 was currently deployed “on
Trident-II missiles, which are on U.S. submarines.” He said the warhead
is a small device that can be used in multiple configurations and can be
adapted to “short range missiles, which China is deploying against
Taiwan.”

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