Never be afraid to negotiate
Never be afraid to retreat
Never be afraid to attack
The thrifty Chinese have never liked to waste money on anything, especially their military. They built the Great Wall to keep people out. They have always preferred to stay inside their wall and avoid foreign adventures: too risky, too expensive.
Yet China’s thrifty defense planners get a lot of bang for their buck. Some examples of thrift:
- ICBMs: Rather than engaging in a ruinous–and futile–arms race with the USA, China has elected to field only few Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles. But these are mobile: truck-drawn on land, and submarine-based at sea.
- Cruise Missiles: It also fields a pair of formidable supersonic cruise missiles–the C602 Long-range Anti-ship Cruise Missile and the CJ-10 ground launched cruise missile –with ranges up to 2,000 km.
- Invisible Submarines: China has a fleet of Song-class diesel submarines that are invisible to American sub-detection methods. A ship of this class surfaced in the midst of a US carrier battle group off the coast of China, causing what one NATO officer described “as big a shock as the Russians launching Sputnik”.