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Expert: Beijing’s Belt and Road Plan is About Building a New Chinese-Led Order for the 21st Century

Chinese President Xi Jinping at a meeting in Moscow. Kremlin Photo

Beijing’s Belt and Road initiative is part and parcel of President Xi Jinping’s strategy to solidify China’s emergence as a great economic and military power, a leading expert on Asian economies said Wednesday.

Nadege Rolland, of the National Bureau of Asian Research said Xi’s vision and strategy “is not a new thing” in Chinese history or to the West, but it is more tightly integrated to meet the challenges of a digital world, to shore up its economy from the severe downturn of 2008-2009 and expand its markets into new territories, especially Europe.

The goal is to have China as “the uncontested leading presence in the region,” an idea for a strategy that defines “region” as extending far beyond its borders. The Chinese also would be “using that [new] wealth to attract more foreigners [to invest with them] and expand power and influence” globally.

Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank, Rolland said Xi and other Chinese leaders see the Belt and Road Initiative as enhancing its own physical security, helping meet its energy needs [particularly with trade deals in Central Asia including Russia] and countering the United States’ rebalancing to Asia begun in the administration of President Barack Obama.

She said China has been extremely careful in describing what it is doing, at least in English translations of the project, terming it the “Belt and Road Initiative,” not “strategy” and discarding the name “One Belt, One Road” so it didn’t scare off its neighbors.

That approach signals “we’re coming to invest,” not take over, Rolland added. But from the Chinese leadership’s point of view this “soft power” move goes far beyond creating a “community of common destiny” idea in the Pacific and Eurasia. All these moves to invest in projects far and wide are keyed to building “a new Chinese order for the 21st century” and offering itself as a model for development very different from the Western one Central Asia, particularly, saw after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Rolland said Xi understands that there’s going to be friction as China flexes economic and cultural muscles even among its closest neighbors, India most notably. In answer to a question, she noted India “is the only country [on China’s borders] refusing to endorse Belt and Road” and its development and infrastructure bank. India, long suspicious of Beijing’s support of its bitter rival Pakistan and concerned over its building of ports in a number of nations on the Indian Ocean, “is starting to work … with Japan” on infrastructure projects outside its borders.

Although Xi’s idea is to “start with your own neighbors … and then build from there,” she listed risks that China has to address if it is to be successful in replacing “the United States as hegemon.” They include not having enough wealth to undertake all these projects on its own and how to protect its assets in other countries. Rolland said in both these scenarios China is cooperating with local governments to mitigate the burdens of cost, through a regional investment bank, and have the local governments provide the security for the completed projects, say a dam or a highway.

China also has to decide which projects are viable and which are not, she added.

As for Russia, “China believes cooperation is very good because they have common interests,” particularly in Central Asia economically and Beijing is “not stepping into [Moscow’s] sphere of influence” when it comes to large security issues.

Rolland said Europe, including the European Union, is interested in what China has to offer, particularly through its “Digital Silk Road” moves, and appears to be willing to work with Beijing on developing joint standards in cyber use and control.

“Maybe we [the United States] should be more cautious in our dealings with China,” she added in answering another question. Rolland said it was important to have the United States and the West stress good governance and standards of behavior in this changed environment other than simple transactional trade and mammoth construction projects. “We need to live up to these standards.”

  • DaSaint

    At least someone has an articulated strategy. The US needs one. The Dems lack of a strategy against Trump, who at least articulated one, certainly cost them. Now, President Trump has to articulate one, not just complain about the Chinese bogey man, as the Dems did.

    • Duane

      I think that Obama at least wanted to develop a strategy, starting with his Pac Rim rebalance in his second term …. but it takes more than 4 years to develop and implement a major new strategy.

      Trump is incapable of strategic thinking – he thinks purely along transactional lines, and mostly about what benefits him personally coming before all other goals. I know the Trumpists vehemently disagree with any description of Trump that is both truthful and thoughtful, they just shout “fake news!” and put their hands over their ears and eyes.

      But look no further than the transcripts released today from Trump’s phone calls with the Mexican and Australian presidents for confirmation of where his little brain lives. It’s all about him, and his disrespect for the voters who put him in office … when he openly admitted to Pres. Nieto that getting the Mexicans to pay for the wall that will never be built was just a political scam designed to fool his supporters into voting for him. Trump literally pleaded multiple times during that call for Nieto to just play along and publicly state that the Mexicans will bow to Trump’s will, or otherwise “I will get killed”. Of course, Nieto would not play along with Trump’s mind game.

      And of course, President Xi literally took Trump to school on China’s interests and North Korea, after which Trump said, “Who knew this stuff was so complicated?!” Ya think Xi is afraid of being bested by Trump in making any deals? LOL.

      Romney, I believe, had a decent geopolitical and security strategy in his mind during the 2012 campaign, but losing the election, it was all for naught.

      Sadlly, I am afraid that the best we Americans can do is hope that Sec. Mattis is able to make up for at least for a little of the pathetic capabilities of his boss for the next 3 and a half years, and then hope for a better leader thereafter. Unfortunately, Mattis is not a diplomat, so he only looks at China as a national security challenge, not a diplomatic or economic challenge.

      What we see is exactly what we get for the time being.

      • DaSaint

        Unfortunately it is what it is. Strategy requires thought, listening and discipline.

      • muzzleloader

        Duane’s daily anti- Trump rant#8.

        • incredulous1

          Does he do this every day? Must be one of the Soros’ bloggers paid to sit in mama’s basement in his PJs all day and flood the internet to dilute support for Trump and the US. They blog on Fox News all the time now and on YouTube whenever anyone from the Admin speaks live. Childish idiots most of them.

          • muzzleloader

            You said it all. I can’t think of anything else add lol

      • R’ Yitzchak M

        Ohbumaaah and the Bush successfully delivered US into a vassal state to the intl. globalist cabal. Trump is American with the American national interests at heart.. to improve domestic education, security, and the ECONOMY.. global agenda did everything to undermine American education, security, and the economy..

      • incredulous1

        You have to be joking. Do you honestly think Obama was serious or sincere about [then Secty] Clinton’s “pivot to Asia?” Where’s the MGATF that is supposed to be in Darwin? What happened to the EDCA with Manila? Bupkis! How long were the A-10s at Clark AB? Not even two weeks. Do you know that Obama’s FonOps actually helped China enforce the claim of sovereignty over the islands they stole from the Philippines and Vietnam?
        As far as your discussion of Trumps supporters, you are projecting left wing values onto people you know nothing about. You also make the same fundamental mistake that left wing political hacks make about confusing Trump rhetoric with what he thinks and what his plans are. You really have to dig deeper than this to understand what you are talking about. You want Trump to be a simpleton, but in reality need to understand how he operates. It actually takes patience and intelligence.
        Trump supporters are not putting their hands over their eyes and mindlessly babbling nonsense. They are tired of previous attempts at the blame America first game and the apology tour and the one world order nonsense. There are no “black helicopters” or tin foil hats. There are events that usurped as much US power as possible under Obama and they simply got fed up. Trump was not my first choice either, but I am happy he is making great progress and I am disgusted with never Trumpers like you. DJ Trump IS POTUS, and as such is in command of US power and will restore it. Perhaps you could do what we did when Obama was abusing power and ruining the US — just respect the office if you cannot respect the man.
        For example, you want to think Xi took Trump to school, but Trump needed to expose Xi as a lip service manipulator whose word is worth dog doodoo. Now the world has seen the proof and we can use US power to put him in his place. If Trump did things your way, you and the rest of the left would blame him for being a war monger and starting WWIII and picking on poor defenseless China.

        • muzzleloader

          Well said, kudos!

        • Duane

          I’m not a left winger, I’m not an Obama supporter. Believing Trump to be the narcissistic, sociopathic klutz and bull in a china shop that he is does not make one “left wing” .. it just makes one reasonably perceptive. I though Mitt Romney made a credible presentation of strategic thinking in the 2012 campaign, for which Obama belittled him rather stupidly and carelessly.

          Obama attempted to form a strategy, starting with withdrawals from Middle Eastern insurgent conflicts and refocusing, or “rebalancing” as he called it, on the Pac Rim. That was actually a perceptive and intelligent bit of strategizing. But unfortunately, that is as far as Obama got. He never perceived the threats posed by Russia and China, and mostly tried to appease them both, while he definitelly was bent on appeasing Iran. Trump is even worse … he’s not just appeasing Putin, he’s got his head so far up Putin’s posterior that his mug shows in the mirror every time Putin brushes his teeth. I rather suspect that Putin has the embarrassing goods on Trump and is blackmailing him rather successfully – no other explanation makes much sense.

          Strategic thinking is a matter of thinking about our nation’s long term interests, and the threats and challenges to those interests, and coming up with effective means of promoting our interests.

          Trump is incapable of strategic thinking. He is our POTUS for now … but we have to do much better in 2020 in picking his successor, or we’ll be stuck with his personal-interest transactional approach to geopolitics.

          As far as your statements about Xi go, you display incredible epistemic closure … that is, the refusal to believe what virtually the entire rest of the world perceives as fact, all because of your ideological blinders.

          Believe what you will, Trump is disrespected throughout the rest of the world, both our allies and our opponents who openly mock him (as Russia’s Medvedev did a couple days ago, calling out Trump for his inability to control our Congress … as if that is a feature of our constitutional form of government!). His poll numbers suck (down to the low 30s now), Congress and the DOJ are investigating him and his campaign, for both illegal collusion with a foreign power, and for obstruction of justice. He just proved that he cannot even lead his own party to pass legislation that he demanded. And Congress just threw a big brushback ball at his head by nearly unanimously enacting a host of new sanctions on Russia, over his veto threats.

          Not only does nobody respect Trump, nobody fears him either. The man is on record pleading with the Mexican president to pretend that he will let Mexico pay for Trump’s wall, purely so that Trump doesn’t look bad to his voters. And the result? Nieto said no.

          • incredulous1

            So continuing this is like play chess with a pigeon. Have you heard that one before? You are the pigeon and I don’t waste my time on pigeons or bloggers paid to denigrate Trump.

          • Duane

            Then go away dude. I didn’t ask for your response. Buzz off.

          • muzzleloader

            Hey pal, Hillary lost, get over it.

          • Duane

            Looking in the mirror again, I see.

            I posted a thoughtful comment on topic, and you trolls came out to troll. And then write “Troll alert”.

            Must be part of your Troll School curriculum. “Learning how to project on your intended troll victims 101”

          • muzzleloader

            I have observed and noted everything you have said about Trump today.. “Nobody respects Trump or fears him”. Says who? The main stream media? Are you going to tell me that the Japanese Prime minister is not a little relieved to have an American President who finally has his six? And don’t tell me about Obama’s Pacific posturing, that was a joke. Because of his sequestration and the resulting stress on the fleet, it was ridden hard. Do you think that Obama would have ordered FONOPs in the Spratleys? You know bloody well he would not have. Just how much do you think the world respected Obama when he fell back on so many “red lines” I lost track? How much did the world fear and respect did Obama have when he allowed the Ukraine to be invaded, and stood by while the Ukrainians were begging for weapons and ammo, and he sent them blankets? How about when the Jordanians were hitting ISIS targets, and they requested target intel from the U.S. and Obama refused? How about Bengazi, and the brave patriots and the American Ambassador who died because Obama’s State Department refused their cries for help, when air support could have been there in 30 minutes? And how about the lie that Obama and Clinton told about a youtube video that no one had ever seen, when they knew it was a terrorist attack, and lied to the faces of the dead SEAL’s families? Where was Obama for those 8 hours when he was unreachable? How did you feel having president who viewed the US military as a social test tube, who cut the defense budget to the bone, and opened it up to gays and trannies?
            Tell me how much the world respected Obama when he visited Saudi Arabia, and the Saudis did not even roll a stairway up to his plane? Tell me Duane, how many world leaders has Trump bowed to? How many times has Trump gone on world apology tours, trashing the USA while abroad?
            What objection do you have to having a President that truly loves America and believes in her greatness, and truly has the welfare of her citizens at heart? What is wrong with a President who goes on the world stage to foster things that will benefit American interests? What objection do you have to a CIC who’s mission is to rebuild american military might?
            So you think Trump is stupid? Let us see you develop an empire worth $3.5 Billion. How about if you run for president Duane, and eat the $hit that Trump has to eat every day? You need to get off the teat of the MSM and really see what is going on in America. None of us who voted for Trump did so because we think he is perfect, because he is not. The 63 million americans who voted for Trump did so because they see their country slipping away, Duane. They knew that the career politicians could not get the job done, and that America could not survive 4 years of Hillary Clinton. They also knew that Trump was the only candidate who could have defeated her.
            So you did not vote for Trump, that is your choice, but For God’s sake man, and for the sake of the future of this Republic, at least support him in the things you believe in that he is doing right. He deserves that, and the future of our children is in the line too.
            Regards

          • Duane

            Trump is a great danger to our nation. I will never support someone who puts his own personal interests far above the nation he supposedly loves. Trump only loves Trump.

            The good news is that the USA is too good, too well governed by our Constitution, with too many good patriotic people to allow Trump to turn us into his style of third world thugocracy, where he encourages cops to beat up suspects, he sells us out to our greatest geopolitical foe in the world – Russia – likely because they have incriminating “Kompromat” on Trump – and he repeatedly and continuously insists that the Congress works for him and not for the People, and that the courts are corrupt unless they protect his big behind, and that everybody in the world loves and respects him when instead nearly everybody in the world disrespects him and wishes fervently for the US to go back to being the US again.

          • muzzleloader

            For the US to go back to being the US again? Like it was under obozo? Do you seek the approval of Angela Merkel and the rest of the EU? Do you scorn BREXIT? The world leaders who dislike Trump are those who embrace the globalist agenda, which Trump soundly rejects, as do those of us who voted for him.
            You say that Trump sold us out to Russia? Just who was it Duane, that allowed his Secretary of State to sell the Russians 20% of the US uranium stocks? Who was it that in 2012 was caught on a hot michrophone saying to tell Putin he would have more flexibility after the elections to reduce Americas’s nuclear forces? And you are telling me that Trump somehow is in cahoots with Russia,which after a year has never been proven? Just how disgusted are you with Obama and the 8 years of depridations our country endured under his watch? You speak of the ego of Trump? Trump was a rookie compared to the egomaniacal nature of Obama. Do you remember how Obama gave the Queen of England a collection of his speeches on CD as a gift? Have you ever dared word your sentiments about him? Probably not.

          • Duane

            I’d settle for the way it was under Bush 43, or Bill Clinton, or Bush 41, or Ronald Reagan.

          • muzzleloader

            I would have loved a Ronald Reagan again too. The others, meh. Reagan was a true conservative but chose George H who was a moderate as a compromise to the rest of his party.

          • Duane

            I couldn’t possibly care less about conservative ideology, or any ideology. Ideology doesn’t solve problems, effectively govern anything, or make the world better.

            Individuals are what matter, character, intelligence, perseverance, and governing skills. Anybody who supports Trump because they think he’s “conservative” couldn’t possibly be more wrong. Trump cares not one whit about ideology, nor does he care about the things that I value as far as personal traits and performance. Trump cares about Trump, and that’s as far as it goes with him.

          • muzzleloader

            Duane, you are the consummate never-Trumper.. You think that the 62 million people that voted for him are blind fools, you completely blew off my points in my earlier entry and refused to even consider them, as well as the other reader who addressed you.
            I have seen first hand that debate with a die hard never Trumper is like trying to teach calculus to a drunk, it cannot be done. Thank you for the education.

          • Duane

            No … I am just a sentient person who sees what you Trumpists refuse to see. You are all covering your ears and eyes and chanting “lalalalalala”while the rest of the nation and the world sees what is plain for any to see is willing.

            Sadly, you guys are suffering from acute epistemic closure.. willful ignorance of fact.

            Trump .. the first President in US history to be down in the low 30s in public approval polls only 6 months into his presidency. The first president in US history to have his campaign under active criminal investigation for illegal coordination with a foreign government and for obstruction of justice.

            On and and on. Everyone sees it but you sad sacks. Open your eyes, unclog your ears. And come to realize that the grand snake oil salesman punked every single one of you, his fervent voters, into thinking he’s one of you, that he cares about you, that he cares about America, that he cares about anything but him. Just read the transcript of his conversation with Mexican President Nieto in which Trump openly admits that he lied to his supporters about the wall, and about getting the Mexicans to pay for it. He literally pled desperately for Nieto to play along and admit (untruthfully) that the Mexicans will pay for Trump’s wall that everybody knows will never be built. He stated nakedly that “I’ll get killed by my voters if you don’t play along” .. or words entirely to that effect.

            If you don’t realize now that you’ve been punked, that you’ve been fooled, that you are going to get virtually none of what Trump promised you all, then you are rather sad and pathetic rubes. You aren’t going to get your wall and get Mexico to pay for it. You aren’t getting Obamacare repealed and replaced with a far better health care system where nobody goes without health care. You aren’t winning so often you’ll get tired of winning, to the point where you tell Trump to stop winning so much. You aren’t going to get the Chinese to solve our North Korea problem. You aren’t going to lock up Hillary. You aren’t going to make great friends with Russia and get them to destroy ISIS for us. And so on and so on and so on.

            Everybody understands and acknowledges this, except you.

            Wake up and smell the coffee, dude.

          • muzzleloader

            Thank you for reinforcing what I said earlier about never Trumpers, thinking that everyone but you is an idiot. Geez.

          • henli1000

            Nah. You are not judging by results. He ended the Syrian war. So he is doing good. If he does nothing about NK then he is good. If he joins OBOR then he will be great.
            Its pointless to fight a good idea. Might as well join it and profit.

            Obama’s issue is that he is too shortsighted.

          • Duane

            Who ended the Syrian war? You’re kidding, right? The war continues to this day.

          • henli1000

            Not kidding. The rebels are proxy army of CIA. By ending funding, war is over.
            That’s really what it amounts to, the rest is just propaganda.

          • Duane

            The Saudis and others are openly supporting various rebel groups, and the Kurds are still actively engaged in fighting Assad. The group supported by the CIA was never very large or effective or a meaningful participant in the civil war.

          • henli1000

            Nobody would do anything if Uncle Sam didn’t support it. History will be pretty blunt on this. You’ll see for yourself soon as the war winds down.

          • Duane

            No – I think that probably half of those 62 million are actually fans of Trump’s destructive candidacy and now presidency .. the other half were GOPers practicing blind tribalism, voting for the red team, no matter who the team put up. Yes, from a perspective of good governance, they’re all bulls in the china shop, “blow it all up”ers, and yes, that is idiotic.

          • muzzleloader

            Duane, you are either an establishment John McCain type who is also equally dismissive and holds Trump supporters in disdain, or you are a Hillary guy. Either way, you are truly a work.

      • R’ Yitzchak M

        Trump is everything that you never will be.. for a simple reason he starts working at 05:00.. and you did you ever paid a penny on taxes? Or ANY Charities? But you probably demand the entitlement to the both tax revenues and of course forced “charities” like hood looms who are “selling” to their neighbors 1/2 brick for 500$ or else..? Thugs have nothing but utter contempt on the people who work to MATTER as opposed to “social justice” radical scum.

        • Duane

          You make the usual stupid argument that thinking Trump is a numb-nut means one is left winger. Not.

          • R’ Yitzchak M

            “Establishment” is exponentially worse.. it is a cancer of the conservative movement and a betrayal of trust.

            They made everything possible to convert democracy into a single party movement a supplanted subversives that are doing everything in their power to undermine conservative values and the constitution of the country. Establishment is making sure that Republican Party is become an example of betrayal and the gross incompetence TO GOVERN..

          • Duane

            Ah, I see. You’re one of the “blow it all up” crowd of cranks. In former days, they used to call you guys “anarchists”. Same thing.

          • R’ Yitzchak M

            Really..? But overthrowing the democratically elected president.. is ok? Only in BANANA REPUBLIC “democracy”.. let me elaborate.. the “banana’ status was established by the level of corruption that keept an local “elite” nomenKLEPTURE on power by the CIA’s running “muppet show” exactly the same way as you guys are doing today to the US ELECTED PRESIDENT. You know better than American PEOPLE who elected their president.. “your” party that ELECTED Trump instead of your “democrat mild” a “maveriking” PLAYERS. So moment when you have a “wise guys” that are ABOWE the American people who elected them (a huuuuge mistake) work against the democratically ELECTED president those clowns are doing direct asault on the very backbone of the democracy for the FREE people to able to ELECT THEIR PRESIDENT and not the “appointed” PUPET that the “elite” cleptocracy can “work with”.

    • Corporatski Kittenbot 2.0

      It is easy to have a long standing strategy when one is a dictator, without either demanding voters or a hostile media.

      Russia and China are often praised for ‘playing the long game’.
      Which is easy when power is permanent.

      • DaSaint

        True. But our strategy cannot change every 4 or 8 years . Our Presidents have intelligent career diplomats and advisors which help to formulate coherent strategies which generally should not abruptly change per administration, but should be tweaked as requires to changing world dynamics.

        • incredulous1

          Career diplomats and security policy experts do not make strategy, they inform it through their discipline of observations and analysis. They are just as political as the office holders they inform. “Think tanks” can be conservative or liberal. AEI vs. Brookings, some pretend to be neutral and it can be hard to tell the difference unless you listen to them frequently, CSIS comes to mind.
          Of course, continuity is good, but I didn’t hear you complaining when Obama told the world the US would not use power anymore. I do hear you complaining now that Trump said he would restore US power and use it when appropriate, and also heard the complaints about Bush taking the fight to Afghanistan and Iraq. During the campaign, some blamed him for making isolationist noises, while others complained about him wanting to restore the military – probably because they enjoy diverting DoD budget to social welfare causes.
          So, it was Obama who put us on this roller coaster of discontinuity and it was only natural for the US electorate to want to recover. It was also quite sickening to watch Obama literally give back all the gains we paid for with billions of dollars and thousands of lives in Iraq, not to mention being the genesis of ISIS or ISIL or whatever other BS names he tried to invent for it.

      • tteng

        It is strategy and execution.

        If you google ‘China politburo standing committee’, and check the backgrounds of all 7 members. All of them have risen from rank and were in charge of several large cities or provinces, with cumalitive population from 10-100 millions, before they were selected to China’s highest political body. For example: Xi ran Shanghai and two provinces (poor and rich) before he was selected into the lower central committee (equivalent as mayor of New York, then governor of West Virginia, and then California.)

        Also, I won’t call CCP a dictatorship; it is an authoritarian system (like the US military). Putin is a dictator, because once he is gone, there is no systematically trained deputies to take over.

  • R’ Yitzchak M

    After the war and/or imploding Russia is gone.. guess who will pick-up the pices? After that there is going to be impossible to contend with China ever again.

    The China by far is the smartest empire in the making in a direct collision course with globalist agenda.. INEVITABLY but not right now. Chinese proverb goes as: “patience is virtue”.

    In the last 20 years (experts missed to mention) China put an immense effort to build the whole infrastructure for the extreme utilization of its domestic market. The Chinese domestic market will dwarf its international markets.. at the most reasonable course of actin would be General Sun Tsu’s strategy of winning by the overwhelming LOGIC – attrition. China holds 5 top globally measured education scores we firmly hold 24th place. If China succeeds to hold its aggressive military “commissars” China will take over the world perhaps even without firing a bullet.

  • Hugh

    China plays by different rules to those of the West, and doesn’t recognise International Law. Nationalism is huge (but so was it in France in the early 1800s and in Germany in the early and following 1900s). Their interpretation of a disputed border is that the territory is undisputably Chinese but others are trying to claim it. They could have risen towards the top global position (democracy and human rights included) without their massive military buildup- something more is behind the scenes, the 1st, 2nd, 3rd Island Chains then what……….?

    • R’ Yitzchak M

      Since when the NATO got bothered by the international law, rules.. Yugoslavia? Syria? Russia?

      Hysteria peddling of CNN or Fox does not constitute “international law” hard to believe?

      Only one thing differs China does not use “volunteers” – mercenaries on the scale that NATO uses. But they are catching up.. in South China Sea they used their “volunteers” to mask as a marauding thugs who wiped out dosens of Vietnamese fishermen sinking few dozen of Vietnamese boats.. they will catch up in that game as well.. that butchery of Vietnamese fishers was imidiatelly followed by Chinese Coast Guard vessels to “protect” Chinese “fishermen” (“volunteers” of course) because Vietnam is obviously incompetent to protect “local” fishermen..

      Everyone is going to play that game so will China..

      • incredulous1

        perhaps you haven’t seen the flotillas of “volunteers” in the East China Sea encircling the Senkakus before. The frequency is down due to real FonOps from the US as opposed to the chicken shyte nonsense Obama used to employ.

        • R’ Yitzchak M

          Yes I was following that trend you are 100% on mark.. it is interesting to watch its maneuver in regards to the Philippines “soft approach” $$$

    • Ako Madamosiya 毛むくじゃら

      That’s why they stole the South China Sea. The nine dash line was nothing but a concocted scam.

  • incredulous1

    Dream on China, just don’t pick on weaklings – especially US treaty allies, or we will intervene.

    • R’ Yitzchak M

      Give em’ bit of a time to collect another 300 ships..

      To this day in fairly short time they got 350 ships navy.. wit 60 subs. I know, I know technological gap still exists perhaps even for some time in the future.. but they are fanatically fast moving to modernize their assets. By simple economics and the single minded dedication (no Democrat nor Obamas there) they will matter.

      • Aj jordan

        Are they major surface ships or just some small or boat type craft, because I know that they consider their coast guard apart of their navy which increases their numbers on paper…… If the US were to do the same we’d have 200+ plus ships in the Navy plus another 200+ from the Maritime sealift command (USNS) so if we used the Chinese metric we’d have over 600 ships , but I agree their rapidly expanding and we need to get a grip…….

        • R’ Yitzchak M

          A major ships they are taking a serious steps to bring the Chinese Navy to the level tha will matter. They are really going smart about it as opposed to the Russian “navy” the are copying US Navies submarine academy doctrine of lateral interactive partnership to the task driven utility of natural professional synergy across the layers of commands.. unlike structural rigidity of the Soviet approach

          Quality an the foremost aggressive investment into Aegis like frigates and the cruisers as well the aggressive build up of air-carries..

          Chinese are not posturing.. they are doing it

          • Aj jordan

            I wish we’d build a response to type 055 , that thing is a cruiser in all but name, and while we still have the tico’s their getting long in the tooth. We need to lengthen the DDG 51 hull to around 650 ft and add in as many VLS as possible….. Along with armored protection….