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The United States has already responded with a shift in its naval emphasis to the region, increasing its marine presence in Australia and the intention to base 60 per cent of its warships in the Asia-Pacific region by 2020.
Chinese warships are rapidly gaining new potency through advanced technology. This month a Song class diesel-electric attack submarine slipped past screening US warships to surface within striking range of a US aircraft carrier. That set the alarm bells ringing.
American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board. By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.
The lone Chinese vessel slipped past at least a dozen other American warships which were supposed to protect the carrier from hostile aircraft or submarines. And the rest of the costly defensive screen, which usually includes at least two U.S. submarines, was also apparently unable to detect it.
I see your points, and can only respond from what I know, and that is, that this may have been true before they signed defense and economic agreements with Russia and Iran, but it is no longer true today. Maybe it would be more correct though to say China are one large part of an emerging super power 'block'.
They also do have a substantial missile capability and technological resources that have yet to be fully disclosed along with regional networks close to Au and globally that will support and defend them, in preference to open support or defense of the US.
China also holds more US debt than any other nation and so is the largest creditor - and it does have a large leverage in that - and in its buy up of treasury bonds and in its capacity to manipulate the market as freely as it does, it does pose a layered risk that is worth respecting.
I used to be of the same position , dismissive and 'paper tiger' view, then I spoke to a Chinese businessman one day and that view changed. Seeing the long game being played a bit better since then, I understand now that most of how we perceive China is exactly how they wish to be perceived. As we plan for 10/20/30 years maybe, they plan in centuries.
It's the West's own fault when it's all said and done.
Decades of financing China economic boom has made them a hugely powerful force in almost every area from their war machine to their economy.
The antidote is a cold trade war.
China's power lies squarely in its economic muscle, bruise that muscle and the arms aren't so easily flexible.
The West has imported China's cheap crap and making them powerful in the process, the West can survive very well without £/$/Euro stores selling Chinese rubbish, but China cannot survive as well without the massive amounts of money we pay them for that crud.
The solution is simple, and while cutting back on the tide of Chinese exports of cheap goods to the West wouldn't give China an unwarranted crippling blow, it would give them a swift and painful kick in the nuts and make their knees wobble enough to remember not to bite the hands that feed them.
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A worrying development to say the least.
Indo posturing and building forces in the area and now Chinese warships.
Could it be a little more ambitious than just re-claiming East Timor... Like extending much, much further south... "Like Melbourne"....lol
All jokes aside, it is a tad disturbing.