For decades the United States Navy has ruled most of the world’s oceans and the important shipping lanes. No part is more important than the area around the South China Sea where about 40 percent of the world’s shipping occurs. Today, China is asserting itself militarily in that area by building islands and shoring up their Navy. Should the United States and its allies/ trading partners be concerned?
Joining us are two key experts on China and its Navy – military power:
- Mike W. Peng, PhD: Jindal Chair of Global Strategy, University of Texas at Dallas, Author: Global Strategy; Author: Global Business
- Bud Cole, PhD: Captain U.S Navy (retired), Professor Emeritus, Maritime Strategy, National War College, Author: The Great Wall at Sea: Chinaâ€™s Navy in the 21st. Century
As China has matured into a world economic power, it has also sought to assert itself on various maritime territories it has claimed for centuries. The Navy (and Air Force) have gained increasing prominence and increased shares of its national budget. Particular areas of concern are the East China Sea where China now has two disputes with Japan; and even more pertinently the South China Sea, where five nations claim various geographic land features.
These issues are becoming some of the most important on the world stage.
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