Ignorance of China is not bliss

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200205-N-OT328-0018 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 05, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) prepares to pull alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in preparation for a replenishment-at-sea. Nimitz and John Paul Jones are currently underway conducting routine operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Kyle Merritt)

By Capt. Brent Ramsey (ret.)

China is modernizing every element of its military. It has announced plans to field a world-class military by 2035 and a dominant military by mid-century.1 Consistent with its goal of regional hegemony, China is building Navy, Coast Guard, and merchant ships faster than any other nation. Its Navy now directly commands China’s Coast Guard, adding hundreds of ships to its fleet. China’s fleet of warships now outnumbers U.S. warships in the Indo-Pacific by about 10 to 1. With this new capability, China constantly intimidates its neighbors through its increasingly aggressive maritime behavior.2

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