China’s Military Buildup Is Challenging U.S. Deterrence in Asia

A new type 094A Jin-class nuclear submarine of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China’s PLA Navy, in the sea near Qingdao, Shandong province, April 23, 2019 (AP
A new type 094A Jin-class nuclear submarine of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy participates in a naval parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of China’s PLA Navy, in the sea near Qingdao, Shandong province, April 23, 2019 (AP

Mock amphibious assaults, regular intrusions into Taiwan’s air defense zone and the militarization of artificial islands in the South China Sea are just some of the headlines that China’s military buildup has generated in recent years. Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, China has combined advances in electronic warfare with state-of-the-art military hardware like ballistic anti-ship missiles, stealth aircraft and aircraft carriers, with the ambitious goal of militarily dominating the South and East China Seas. This strategy is squarely aimed at undermining the U.S. military’s preeminence in the region, which until now has served as a counterweight to China’s […]

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