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China may overpower the United States at first strike by military, says Australian report
A study by the US Learning Center at the University of Sydney in Australia warned that America's defense strategy in the Indo-Pacific region is "in the midst of an unprecedented crisis" and may struggle to protect its allies against China.
This means that Australia, Japan and other US partners need to build and reorient their forces in the region and consider enhanced cooperation with the US to ensure their security, the study argues.
The report highlights areas where the Chinese military is making huge strides compared to the US and its Asian allies and partners. Chief among them is rockets.
"China has deployed a great array of precision missiles and other anti-intervention systems to undercut the US military," the report said. These missiles are in the thousands, the report said.
Almost all US military installations in the Western Pacific, as well as those of its key partners and allies, "can be rendered useless by accurate strikes in the working hours of the conflict," according to the report.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Monday it had not seen the report, but spokesman Gen Shuang stressed that the country's military policy was "defensive."
"China is firmly on the path of peaceful development and our national dense politics are defensive in nature," Gen said.
CNN reached out to the Pentagon for comment, but had not been heard at the time of publication.
A little surprise
Much of the Australian report should come as little surprise to the Pentagon.
A November 201
8 report to Congress by the National Defense Strategy Commission stated that "the US military may suffer unacceptably large casualties" and "may struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia. " Six months later, the US Department of Defense's annual report on China's military units states that Beijing intended to develop world-class military and become a" superior force in the Indo-Pacific. " Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-26 For vizhvaneto ballistic missiles seen during a military parade in 2015 in Beijing. ” data-src-mini=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190119113947-china-df-26-missile-beijing-small-169.jpg” data-src-xsmall=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190119113947-china-df-26-missile-beijing-medium-plus-169.jpg” data-src-small=”http://cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190119113947-china-df-26-missile-beijing-large-169.jpg” data-src-medium=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190119113947-china-df-26-missile-beijing-exlarge-169.jpg” data-src-large=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190119113947-china-df-26-missile-beijing-super-169.jpg” data-src-full16x9=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190119113947-china-df-26-missile-beijing-full-169.jpg” data-src-mini1x1=”//cdn.cnn.com/cnnnext/dam/assets/190119113947-china-df-26-missile-beijing-small-11.jpg” data-demand-load=”not-loaded” data-eq-pts=”mini: 0, xsmall: 221, small: 308, medium: 461, large: 781″ src=”data:image/gif;base64,R0lGODlhEAAJAJEAAAAAAP///////wAAACH5BAEAAAIALAAAAAAQAAkAAAIKlI+py+0Po5yUFQA7″/>
 According to the Pentagon report upwards of 2000 short, medium and medium range ballistic missiles capable of striking land and sea targets,
the Australian study questions the ability of the US to keep up with China's progress and warns that Washington faces a crisis of "strategic bankruptcy."
For example, the United States sees its fleet of nuclear submarine attacks shrink at a time when they are even more needed.
In simpler terms, as the environment above the surface becomes more deadly due to the Chinese deployment of cruise missiles, hypersonic technology and air defense, America's lasting advantage in maritime wars will become increasingly important in the regional balance of power ",
But adm. Phil Davidson, commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, told Congress in March that he receives only half of the submarines needed in the Pacific each day.
The Australian Report says it is critical that Canberra and partners like Japan need to step up to fill the gaps that the US is leaving.
"Washington will need significant and sustained support from its regional allies and partners to be successful
The report, for example, proposes Australia to increase the production of conventional powered submarines that are ideal for offshore operationsstrip, or in areas such as the South China Sea.
It also promotes "collective defense" through software that enables communication between allies.
Enhanced cooperation between the US and their allies already
The United States and Australia recently completed their biennial Talisman Saber exercises in northern Australia, which this year included a large contingent of Japan's self-defense forces performing two amphibious assault forces.
An Australian report said that is necessary o more of the same and further afield than Australia.
'Exercises must practice and demonstrate rapid dispersal of air and land shock forces from concentrated bases in mainland Japan, Okinawa and Guam to small geographies.
' The primary objective of such exercises should be to enhance collective ability. for deterring, denying and, if necessary, blunting potential Chinese aggression that forces aggression, "he said.
The report notes that the Australian Army is overwhelmed by the same malice that is hurting its American allies – spreading its forces too thinly. Between 2001 and 2018, Australia spent more than three times more on operations in the Middle East than in the Indo-Pacific.
The tensions that conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have put on US military service, equipment and operations have had "poorly prepared" Washington for competition for great power in the Indo-Pacific, the release said.