Chinese Editorial: US Soldiers 'Not Worth Anything'

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 01:51 PM

By Courtney Coren

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A Chinese editorial criticized the U.S. military, according to The Washington Times.

"These U.S. warships roaming around here [in the East China Sea] are slowly being considered by us Chinese as our moving targets right in front of our eyes, and the [U.S.] bases in Okinawa as a whole are also no longer a big deal" to us, said an editorial printed in the Communist Party-owned Global Times.

"When facing China, these U.S. soldiers are really not worth anything," the editorial said, according to The Washington Times. "If China and the U.S. were to start an all-out fight, these American Marines would be more like a marching band, charging with others, but with their musical instruments in hands."

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The editorial was a response to comments by a U.S. general, the Washington newspaper said.

Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Wissler, who oversees 18,000 Marines in Okinawa, said  April 11 that the Marines wouldn't have any problems retaking the Senkaku island group that is controlled by Japan if the Chinese were to try to invade it, the Washington Times reported.

Wissler added, "You wouldn't maybe even necessarily have to put someone on that island until you had eliminated the threat, so to speak."

The remarks were seen as a insult by the Chinese military, which has confidence in its military prowess, according to the Washington Times.

"Wissler seems to still be living in the 20th century. In the new century, he and his comrades in arms should see their own reflections in the water with which they use to wash their own feet," the Global Times said in its editorial.

On April 15, China's supreme leader, Xi Jinping, announced a new definition for "national security," with a much broader scope than most countries have in what is called the "National Security Path with Chinese Characteristics."

The new definition now includes politics, territories, military, economy, culture, community, science and technology, information, ecology, natural resources, and nuclear, with Xi as the chairman of the National Security Commission — giving him the increasingly greater institutionalized and centralized powers.

The Washington Times says that this power for Xi is in addition to being the head of the Communist Party in China and commander in chief of the world's largest military.

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