When it comes to sheer military might, few can compete with the United States and her incredibly advanced technology and loyal mend and women, but there are two nations out there making strides to catch up: China and Russia.
China could one day become a serious threat to the US for two reasons: One, their incredibly enormous population allows for the communist country to conscript an unmatched amount of bodies to their armed services, and the fact that Beijing owns a great deal of American debt. One can only assume that, some day, they may come to collect.
With Russia, the concerns are focused on technology and espionage. The recent addition of unstoppable, hypersonic missiles to the Red Army’s arsenal means that a Moscow-based launch could reach the US mainland in just over an hour.
Now, in a nightmare scenario for the United States, it appears as though these two eastern powerhouses are coming together for joint military drills.
China, Russia and Iran will hold joint naval drills starting Friday in the Gulf of Oman, Beijing and Tehran said, at a time of heightened tensions since the US withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.
Set to take place from December 27 to 30, the military exercises aim to “deepen exchange and cooperation between the navies of the three countries”, Chinese defence ministry spokesman Wu Qian told reporters Thursday.
Wu said the Chinese navy would deploy its Xining guided missile destroyer — nicknamed the “carrier killer” for its array of anti-ship and land attack cruise missiles — in the drills.
But he did not give details on how many personnel or ships would take part overall.
For Iran, the drill’s purpose was to bolster “international commerce security in the region” and “fighting terrorism and piracy,” said senior armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Aboldazl Shekarchi.
Having Iran in the mix certainly isn’t ideal, either, as the United States has been at odds with Tehran for decades.
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