What If China And Russia Go On War Against Each Other

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China and Russia are two of the biggest threats to the U.S. national security. The two countries are coming closer to challenge the U.S. hegemony. China and Russia conducted joint naval exercises in the Mediterranean Sea earlier this year, and they will hold another naval drill later this month in the Sea of Japan.

China, Russia both developing hypersonic weapons

However, relations between Moscow and Beijing haven’t always been good. China and the Soviet Union went on a war in the 1960s over territorial disputes. Currently, Russia controls the disputed area along the Ussuri River line. What if a resurgent China challenges Russia’s control over the disputed region?

China has been aggressively building up its military to counter the U.S. influence in the Pacific region. But its high-tech weapons could easily be pointed towards Russia in the event of war. In June, Beijing successfully tested its hypersonic missile Wu-14 that travels at ten times the speed of sound. The weapon could hit Moscow in less than 20 minutes.

Russia has also been developing its hypersonic launch vehicle Yu-71 under the Project 4022. But its latest test in February was a failure. Russia has Sukhoi Su-35 Flanker-E, the most advanced Russian fighter jet in operation. This air superiority fighter carries an enormous payload and has highly advanced suite of avionics. China is developing its fifth-generation Chengdu J-20 fighter.

In the event of war, China may seize Vladivostok, the home to Russia’s Pacific Fleet. Beijing currently operates four Type 071 amphibious landing platform ships. Each can carry up to 800 troops and 18 armored vehicles. On the other hand, Russia has sophisticated attack submarines like the new Borei-class and the Severodvinsk-class.

A major war between China and Russia unlikely

China still uses a large number of Russian military hardware such as the advanced S-400 surface-to-air missile systems. The S-400 can track up to 100 targets simultaneously and engage 12 at the same time. On the other hand, Russia has S-400s as well as the highly advanced BrahMos developed in collaboration with India. BrahMos is a supersonic anti-ship missile that can launch from submarines, aircraft, ships, and from land.

Both China and Russia have a large nuclear arsenal. And they both know the consequences of a major war. A full-fledged war between the two countries seems unlikely considering they both are trying to improve relations to counter the United States. But a minor conflict may not be ruled out.

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62 Comments on "What If China And Russia Go On War Against Each Other"

  1. Would likely be NATO(or the entire EU), Japan Australia Philippines South Korea vs Russia China and North Korea.

  2. Learn English for English language forums you Russian moron.
    Russia is a pigsty and the Russian written language is for idiots. You are a prime example. :o)

  3. This article has the headline: “…What If China And Russia Go On War Against Each Other…”

    Then in the concluding paragraph says: “…A major war between China and Russia unlikely…”

    The bottom line is there is no prospect of a war scenario between Russia and China.

    Today’s war scenario is that of the Neoconservatives and their ancestors who have a 1050 year history of causing wars, conflicts and chaos.

    The facts speak for themselves:
    All major wars in the 21st Century are Neoconservative controlled wars, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Ukraine, etc.

  4. not gonna happen in the next 10 years or so for they have a common enemy right now and that is USA.

  5. China and Russia go to war against each other. That idea is not fresh. LOL. In history, Russia did go to war against old China. So what are the reasons for those folks here to believe that a war between Russia and China is unlikely.

    Even though both countries have nuclear arsenals, it does not mean that both countries will opt for a conventional warfare. Besides, I see lots of Chinese internet users on their own Chinese websites commenting that they trust America more than Russia.

    Will that make the said Chinese internet users US paid trolls? I doubt that too. These internet users make a list of historical facts that Russian invaded China and took China’s land. So we should research more before jumping into a reckless conclusion.

  6. Even though the US pushed the two together, doesn’t mean China should be lax and must be careful when dealing with Russia. Russia has always wanted to be part of the west, not east, simply because of the color of the skin. So yes, it is possible that China and Russia could go into a conflict because of this fact.

  7. can’t say I wouldn’t like to see it, giving the Russians some of their own medicine.

  8. at least this i….l knows one city in russia

  9. learn others don’t be idiot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Don’t you love how chicken Americans have become? Americans can’t take casualties. That’s a fact. You know the war is over for Americans when the only ones grieving when their soldiers die is their family. The only way you can keep Americans supporting a war is each soldier who dies gets personally mourned by the nation. When they become only a statistic, that’s when Americans will turn against a war. There are only so many movies of the week made for each soldier that can fit the prime time schedule. That’s a dilemma for chicken-hawks in the US government and the media. So these days the US has to outsource its foreign policy. Obama was too arrogant believing in the nonsense that the US is exceptional and indispensable nonsense that he thought he could take on both Russia in Ukraine and China with the pivot towards Asia. For some reason he didn’t think that would drive Russia and China together. Russians believe the US was behind Ukraine to undermine Russia yet somehow the US puts out how better it’s for Russia to turn away from China? China is a bad partner unlike the US who’s orchestrated the Ukraine coup? Now that’s arrogance to expect a country you’re actively undermining to side with you against a country that’s not conspiring against you. Now the media in their arrogance thinks they can get Russia and China paranoid of one another trying to use historical distrust. Like the US and Russia don’t have greater historical distrust of one another? Look at Syria. Obama outsourced his foreign policy against Syria to the Syria rebels making promises if they fight against Assad. Then he broke his promises. And what resulted from those broken promises? ISIS. You know why the pivot to Asia is not working? Because it was all about Obama thinking if he can isolate China, China would bow down under pressure to US demands on literally everything. Obama believed China so desperately wants to be accepted thus isolation would make China panic and yield to demands. China didn’t so easily roll over and now you have the worst tensions in Asia and the worst Sino-US relations since the Cold War. Because China is not bowing down Obama has been pushing China’s neighbors to do all the dirty work. Which in turn is pissing off countries like Japan, after they committed to go down this road with the US, because the US is now frozen on what to do next. The US can’t get into wars so easily these days because the US finds itself in a quagmire every time. And this turns voters off. That’s why the US has to outsource its foreign policy these days which is why you see articles like these trying to tell other countries what to scared of thus hoping they go to war so the US doesn’t have to suffer the consequences at home and abroad.

  11. Why not ?

  12. You are a babbling idiot.
    No one is buying any racket engines from anybody.
    Current space vehicles use ROCKET ENGINES you dimwit.
    The US hasn’t borrowed money from anyone you dimwit. The US sells interest bearing bonds.
    I doubt that you know the difference.
    You won’t last very long at INTERNET RESEARCH in St. Petersburg Russia. You are just to damned stupid to be a troll.
    MIKHAIL BURCHIK has been hiring some real idiots lately.

  13. Another idiot St. Petersburg Russian troll that pretends to be American.

  14. Unlike you Russian trolls that get $1.55 an hour for a 12 hour day. :o)

  15. A very real possibility.

  16. Do you know that this is an English forum ?

  17. Which directions would those be ?

  18. Russia and China are Americas enemies. No fabrication necessary.

  19. Thanks for the gibberish, KremlinBot™ troll. You lose any credibility when you refer to the events in Kiev as a coup.

    That is just Russian propaganda speak.

  20. What babbling.

    It’s not the US that invaded Crimea or started a war in Ukraine. That would be Russia.

    And what money is the US spending to destabilize any countries?

  21. You’re ignoring the fact that the Soviet Union took a big chunk of Manchuria at the end of WWII and China might want that back.

    Also, the fact that China covets all that empty space with fresh air, clean water and minerals and trees and other resources in the far east of Russia.

    Don’t rule a conflict between the two out.

  22. This is the American Dream. But there is no ‘IF’ in the real world.

  23. china is russia’s dog much like nk, taiwan and hk are china’s dog…

  24. Russia is doing what it’s always done, use and manipulate china.

  25. This is US propaganda and lies, to attempt to drive wedge between China and Russia, because Russia has turned East. The Russians know who their enemy is, and its the US that has tried to destroy Russia by instigating a coup in the Ukraine and with sanctions. This is US wishing they had not lost Russia to the East, but it is too late now because they are going forward with the new world economic order without the US and its lackeys, even key allies have left the US to join.

  26. Read the topic, don’t change the scenario.

  27. It would never happen—- because the world would stand by and let them destroy each other. They erasing each other from the face of the earth would solve a lot of the worlds problems. .

  28. more like the target will be USA

  29. The only threats the US faces are the ones they fabricate.

  30. Obama gets all the credits for pushing Russia and China together!

  31. As China advances it will eventually see Russia as a liability, which will lead to hostility between the two. The world is heading toward a very dangerous future with three maybe four countries vying for superpower clout.

  32. More likely they’ll take on the US from different directions at once.

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  34. If they’ll fight, the referee is the US.

  35. You are HORRIBLE!!

  36. Well I have no idea why you raise the story but you know what if that will happen, it’s a welcome news to us. While we abhor any war but if this two commies shoots each other, it will reduce the population of BULLIES AND LAND GRABBERS.

  37. Another junky article from valuetalk that tries to draw attention away from the real cause of today’s geo-political reality. Analyse this, I would like to see if India and Pakistan go at it again and see who will win.

  38. Why are you advocating we cut them all off? We are having a disagreement about one of their policies and or actions. But unless we are at war, then it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing proposition, nor should it be. The world has become too small for that.

  39. Emilio Dalmeida | Aug 7, 2015, 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |

    they forgot Nato Countries

  40. China and Russia on war against each other? Is this a joke?

  41. Where does ValueWalk get its authors? Slow news day and nothing to write about. They probably get paid by the words. Do a word count check on your Word Doc because the more words the more $$$.

  42. comrade when it comes to intellect you should proof read the non-sense you typed out, how many rubles did they pay you to cut and paste that dribble? Or do you prefer vodka?

  43. Ed Schaffarczyk | Aug 7, 2015, 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm |

    Who writes these garbage articles. I don’t see either of these countries measuring up the aggressiveness of the US. I don’t see the Russians and the Chinese putting missiles on our borders and spend money to destabilize our neighbors. Based on the comments below, not too much to proud of when it comes to education.

  44. What an awesome comeback, you should write a book

  45. don’t give them the “benefit” and don’t borrow money from them ,don’t use their rackets to reach ISS (International space station) ,don’t buy their racket engines ,don’t finance your war with their money ( listen debate and Sen Paul what He said about this subject) etc

  46. Teixeira Donald | Aug 7, 2015, 8:58 pm at 8:58 pm |

    Who Cares?

  47. OldSchollaminA | Aug 7, 2015, 8:05 pm at 8:05 pm |

    No, twerp. the mighty sophisticated US weapons with all the stupid useless lazy Americans like YOU.

  48. The mighty US? With Obama? LMAO

  49. OldSchollaminA | Aug 7, 2015, 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm |

    Look at these two evil faces, they ain’t gonna go fight each other because they’ll be needing their weak and unsophisticated weapons against the mighty US and they’ll be exposed to the US and her allies who’ll be on the sidelines laughing and enjoying this war of the handicaps.

  50. What if America disappears tomorrow?

    1. There’d be a hell of a lot more peace in the world. Of the “$50 billion a year” in so called foreign aid, 90% is for military exports. Cut that out and the recipients might have to fight with sticks and stones – and kill a lot less.

    2. Japan and Korea and Taiwan would become delimilitarized. There would be no reason for China to fight wars with neighbors. The Asian countries would be able to put the military funding into developoing their economies, adding at least 2% each year to their GDP growth.

    3. “Intellectual Property” protectionism would also disappear. As a direct result, purchasing power DOUBLE around the globe, due to heightened free competition. Every consumer’s money buys twice as much “stuff”.

    4. No America, no TPP or TTIP – without the patent monopolies, multiple drugs (think $100,000 Hepatitus cures) would drop 95% in price, and life expectancy around the developing world grow by 5 years around the globe.

    5. Without America, data theft around the globe drops by over 90%. PRISM alone listens in on ALL phone and fax users around the world, over 5 billion phone records and 2 billion SMS and comparable computer-phone (e.g., SKYPE) records PER DAY. WHAT (actually nothing) assures the world that the thief is not using the data for commercial gains – what else would explain America’s relative success vs. the EU and Japan?

    Would that be desirable?

  51. Statistically, Sir, the E.U. and America have the same or better literacy rate than China and Russia, upwards of 99% (Spain and Portugal are the albatross @ 97%) As I said, China, at 95% and over a billion people means a lot of “stupid” people. But that is not the issue. I think you are implying that the two would not fight because they are too smart for it, unlike the west who you apparently regard as aggressors and ignorant because they object to Russia’s current activities. I agree the west has been stupid, but only because it gives the Russians and Chinese the benefit of the doubt and trusts what they say.

  52. CaliforniaNativeUSAF | Aug 7, 2015, 6:50 pm at 6:50 pm |

    Look at those two faces, those are the faces of EVIL. If they go to war with each other, I don’t think it’s gonna happen because both these two guys know their weak and unsophisticated weapons will be exposed to the mighty US and her allies who will be watching on the sidelines laughing and enjoying the war of the handicaps.

  53. read statistics not CNN or FOX news !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  54. Sigh, the US, China and Russia are three countries that will not directly go to war with each other nor will they fall apart and indeed the world should be thankful for that as such scenarios would be disastrous for the world.

  55. those two are the biggest threat to peace…. the world would be happier without their existence…

  56. Moose & Squirrel | Aug 7, 2015, 7:09 pm at 7:09 pm |

    As the headline states, this article is nothing but a “what if” scenario.
    China has this, Russia has that.
    Do they genuinely like each other? I doubt it.
    Could they both unite and challenge the United States?
    Possibly,…since both are a bit angry at the U.S. right now.
    However, there’s nothing to indicate that hostilities are imminent between any of these countries.

  57. that would probably the biggest gift to mankind kind… lol

  58. Well educated? I think not. Sure there are lots of smart people in China, but still a small % of their huge population. The Russians worry me because they are such pied pipers, so no matter their “education”, they don’t think for themselves.

  59. The headline does it’s job; gets you click on the article. Of course it is a preposterous supposition, just as is a war between the U.S. and Russia. All of that bellicose speech is for public consumption to keep the people focused on something on other than our respective government’s failures. In private, they are sharing toasts and jokes and draining money from the public treasury to support the military industrial complex.

  60. they would like divide this two giants but is too late ,plus they have very well educated population not like the EU and other western country

  61. ButtonsPressingThem1337Like | Aug 7, 2015, 6:34 pm at 6:34 pm |

    Putin is happy with his money and control over his people.
    China is happy gaining the island.
    America is happy with going over 20+ trillion debt. Technically still has an on going war with the entire middle east.

    Why risk going too far with more war?

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