5 April 2015

4 More Chinese Weapons of War the U.S. Navy Should Fear

April 4, 2015

The People’s Republic of China is rapidly growing into a peer competitor to the United States in the Western Pacific.

China has historically dominated the region since before there was a United States, but as the Qing Dynasty’s power faded in the 19th Century, so too did the Middle Kingdom’s dominance over Western Pacific. After a long period of stagnation, China is once again on the rise and is starting to reassert its power—its leaders still smarting from the humiliations of the Opium Wars and Boxer Rebellion.Under reforms launched by Deng Xiaoping 35 years ago, the People’s Republic of China has dropped most of the tenets of communism and has rapidly morphed into an economic colossus. But along with economic might has come military modernization—and a willingness to try pushing the United States out of what Chinese leaders see as their turf.

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