Chinese Admiral Suggests 'Sinking US Aircraft Carriers' to Resolve Tensions
Rear Admiral Lou Yuan warns 'we'll see how frightened America is' by killing 10000 sailors
A high-ranking Chinese military official has suggested that "sinking US aircraft carriers" would be a way to resolve tensions in the South China Sea, according to reports.
Rear Admiral Lou Yuan told an audience in Shenzhen last month that an option for China could be to sink a pair of US vessels, killing 10,000 American sailors in the process.
"What the United States fears the most is taking casualties," said Lou, deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences.
He suggested that 5,000 could be killed by sinking one carrier, and the number could easily be doubled by sinking two, news.com.au reported.
"We'll see how frightened America is," he added.
China expert and professor at Tokyo’s Tama University, Brad Glosserman, says Lou’s comments reflect a growing belief among the Chinese that the United States has "lost its stomach for war," according to a report from military.com.
The Chinese believe that "Americans have gone soft … [they] no longer have an appetite for sacrifice and at the first sign of genuine trouble they will cut and run," Glosserman explains.
During his speech, Lou said there are "five cornerstones of the United States" open to exploitation: their military, their money, their talent, their voting system -- and their fear of adversaries, according to the news.com.au report.
According to the Daily Mail, Luo, 67, holds the rank of rear admiral in the People's Liberation Army Navy, though he is acting in an academic capacity rather than as an active service member.
He is the deputy head of the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences.
An author, social commentator, and military theorist, Luo has been known to express hawkish, anti-American views in the past.
In his remarks to the 2018 Military Industry List summit in Shenzhen. Luo boasted of China's weapons capability, which includes anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles that could hit American carriers.
Luo said that the U.S. was vulnerable and that China should "use its strength to attack the enemy's shortcomings."
"Attack wherever the enemy is afraid of being hit," he said.
"Wherever the enemy is weak…"
China and the U.S. have been at odds for years on a number of geopolitical issues, including Beijing's pressing of territorial claims in the South and East China Seas.
In the South China Sea, the United States has criticized China's construction of islands on tiny reefs and shoals and its installation of military facilities on them, including airstrips and docks.
China claims "irrefutable" sovereignty over most of the South China Sea and the islands in it, and accuses the United States of raising military tension with its navy presence there.
Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam all claim parts of the waterway, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year.
Taiwan is another sensitive issue that divides the U.S. and China.
In Beijing, the island is considered a breakaway province that must be unified with the mainland, even if it means using military force.
But Taiwan, which is formally known as the Republic of China on Taiwan, insists on autonomy.
The democratic province, which receives American weapons and aid, does not want to come under Chinese rule.
Luo warned the U.S. not to intervene in the Taiwan-China dispute.
"If the US naval fleet dares to stop in Taiwan, it is time for the People's Liberation Army to deploy troops to promote national unity on (invade) the island," he said.
"Achieving China's complete unity is a necessary requirement.
"The achievement of the past 40 years of reform and opening-up has given us the capability and confidence to safeguard our sovereignty.
"Those who are trying to stir up trouble in the South China Sea and Taiwan should be careful about their future.'"