Originally posted by OccamsRazor04
reply to post by purplemer
What Chinese vessels? It can not be war games, the Chinese do not have a Navy.
The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.
I sincerely hope you are kidding us, OccamsRazor04. The Chinese have the second-largest navy in the world (after the USA). Okay, only one
aircraft carrier, but a fair number of subs, destroyers and frigates:
Total Navy Ships: 972
Merchant Marine Strength: 2,012 
Major Ports & Terminals: 8
Aircraft Carriers: 1 
Destroyers: 25 
Submarines: 63 
Frigates: 47 
Patrol Craft: 332 
Mine Warfare Craft: 52 
Amphibious Assault Craft: 233
From this page
at GlobalFirepower [dot] com. And
this page on the same website
confirms their number-2 ranking behind the US.
The Chinese Navy is a major force and not to be taken lightly, especially in regions near their own territory.
As to this report about Chinese Navy vessels off California -- who knows? I have grave doubts but it's not one of those things that is going to be all
that easy to confirm. Even if true we can't rely on the US military authorities to tell us a great deal before they've consulted with Dept of State
about the matter.
As an ATS Staff Member, I will not moderate in threads such as this where I have participated as a member.
edit on 14/9/12 by JustMike because: (no reason given)