Links of Interest 01/23/2011
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Keeping the Pacific Pacific | Foreign Affairs
Ongoing friction between China and Taiwan poses the most immediate threat to U.S. Navy
operations in the Western Pacific.
But to Chinese leaders, the most instructive example of nautical might translating into political power is that of Japan. Japan’s history is an especially prescient warning about the dangers to Asia of an ambitious, well-armed regional hegemon. After becoming the dominant naval force in the Western Pacific during the first part of the twentieth century, Japan invaded, subjugated, and oppressed its neighbors, rapidly expanding its domain of control. Its ability to transport troops and material through the ocean made it a legitimate threat, from India to Hawaii.
threat is serious, but the United States has the capacity to respond.
Where China’s navy operates – The Globe and Mail
Interesting maps depicting the naval power balance in the East Asian littoral and Western Pacific (thanks @Galrahn).
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.
- Smoothing China-Japan ties (search.japantimes.co.jp)
Tags: Anti-ship ballistic missile, China, Pacific Ocean, People's Republic of China, United States, United States Navy