30 Sep '13, 11am

Flash point: China's growing fleet: Why it's hurting the Navy: China is rapidly building a fleet capable... #navy

Why it’s hurting the Navy: China is rapidly building a fleet capable of protecting the shipping and oil tankers that fuel its economic rise. It is constructing nuclear-powered attack submarines and experimenting with carrier-based naval aviation. The Asia-Pacific region is bracing itself for the arrival of a potent Chinese navy and the possibility that its many territorial disputes could escalate — and that the U.S. fleet could lose influence. Key quote: “China is modernizing its fleet with the avowed intent of denying the western Pacific to American naval forces and — as Beijing’s aircraft carrier program demonstrates — projecting power into the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden,” writes Seth Cropsey, who believes this puts the powers in “a state of strategic competition.” Counterpoint: China’s emerging shipbuilding industry is still unable to build the high-end warships and ...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20130930/NEWS/309300008

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