Has China Been Practicing Preemptive Missile Strikes Against U.S. Bases?

‘U.S. leaders and policymakers should understand that a preemptive Chinese missile strike against the forward bases that underpin U.S. military power in the Western Pacific is a very real possibility’

… In reality, the greatest military threat to U.S. vital interests in Asia may be one that has received somewhat less attention: the growing capability of China’s missile forces to strike U.S. bases. This is a time of increasing tension, with China’s news organizations openly threatening war. U.S. leaders and policymakers should understand that a preemptive Chinese missile strike against the forward bases that underpin U.S. military power in the Western Pacific is a very real possibility, …

Has China Been Practicing Preemptive Missile Strikes Against U.S. Bases?

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‘Chase also stated that, “In all, Chinese military writings on conventional missile campaigns stress the importance of surprise and suggest a preference for preemptive strikes.” And while most Sinologists discount the idea of a true bolt-from-the-blue attack in a crisis without first giving an adversary a chance to back down, preemptive missile strikes to initiate active hostilities could be consistent with China’s claimed overall military strategy of “active defense.”’

‘Thus, China could consider a preemptive missile strike as a defensive “counter-attack” to a threat against China’s sovereignty (e.g., over Taiwan or the South China Sea) solely in the political or strategic realm.’

Chinese military doctrine for decades has emphasized preemptive attacks. Even though the attack is offensive, the Chinese consider it to be defensive.

‘And while most Sinologists discount the idea of a true bolt-from-the-blue attack in a crisis …’

Many experts apparently don’t think much of a surprise attack. But the article suggests that China is making active preparations to position itself for a surprise attack on US military assets in the area.