Keeping Up with China's PLAN

Robert S. Ross

Security, Asia

The ship's crew stand during a commissioning ceremony on the deck of U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H. W. Bush

Now that it possesses a large and modern navy, Beijing is determined to advance Chinas security in East Asia, necessarily challenging U.S. alliances and security interests.

Keeping Up with China's PLAN

CHINA IS no longer simply a rising power. It is now a maritime power that competes for influence with United States from the Korean Peninsula, through mainland Southeast Asia and to the Strait of Malacca. China challenges U.S. alliances and the U.S. Navys dominance of East Asian waters.

Chinas navy has made significant gains in closing the gap in U.S.-China maritime capabilities. These gains have accelerated the power transition in East Asia, enabling China to advance its interests in East Asia and challenge U.S. security and defense strategy. These developments have undermined regional stability, raised the risk of U.S.-China hostilities and transformed the regional balance of power.

Chinas challenge to U.S. security in East Asia is clear. But the United States is currently unable to compete with China and maintain the regional security order. The economic, political and institutional changes necessary to contend with Chinas growing naval power are daunting. Unfortunately, the United States has yet to confront this challenge.

FOLLOWING THE end of World War II and the onset of the Korean War, the United States established air, naval and....

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