For decades the United States Navy has ruled most of the world’s oceans and the important shipping lanes. No part is more important than the area around the South China Sea where about 40 percent of the world’s shipping occurs. Today, China is asserting itself militarily in that area by building islands and shoring up their Navy. Should the United States and its allies/ trading partners be concerned?
Joining us are two key experts on China and its Navy – military power:
As China has matured into a world economic power, it has also sought to assert itself on various maritime territories it has claimed for centuries. The Navy (and Air Force) have gained increasing prominence and increased shares of its national budget. Particular areas of concern are the East China Sea where China now has two disputes with Japan; and even more pertinently the South China Sea, where five nations claim various geographic land features.
It’s in these two areas that the modernizing Chinese Navy and the newly reorganized Chinese Coast Guard are poised to defend areas that Beijing believes to be of vital national security interest to their country. Beijing claims that for years they have acquiesced to the multilateral use of the East and South China Sea’s land features; however, they believe that Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam have in the last ten years pushed the issues over these land features at the behest of the United States.
The questions we’ll ask and answer on this program focus on how China’s challenge is impacting global strategy and the potential concerns this poses to Taiwan, the United States and the world.
These issues are becoming some of the most important on the world stage.
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