As China’s navy rises and ours declines, not that far in the future the trajectories will cross. Rather than face this, we seduce ourselves with redefinitions such as the vogue concept that we can block with relative ease the straits through which the strategic materials upon which China depends must transit. But in one blink this would move us from the canonical British/American control of the sea to the insurgent model of lesser navies such as Germany’s in World Wars I and II and the Soviet Union’s in the Cold War. If we cast ourselves as insurgents, China will be driven even faster to construct a navy that can dominate the oceans, a complete reversal of fortune.
- Neighbors fret as China boosts defense budget (msnbc.msn.com)
- China to unveil defense budget to nervous region (reuters.com)
- China’s Growing Strength, Taiwan’s Diminishing Options (dgriffith401.wordpress.com)
- China Defense Budget To Stir Regional Disquiet (huffingtonpost.com)