U.S. media said the U.S. should stop to reduce the Navy to respond to China’s military expansion
data Figure: U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle groups
United States, “Huffington Post” Web site on May 4 article, the original question: China’s increasingly deep waters, the United States must immediately reduce to reverse the momentum of the U.S. Navy for the Navy to defend the United States and maintain the freedom of international waters essential. By the Navy to ensure the freedom of navigation, enabling the United States from 70 percent of the Earth’s surface where carrying personnel and equipment to launch military action, or to safeguard the global trade and commercial vessels. From this perspective, the Navy’s mission in recent years significantly expanded. Meanwhile, the U.S. Navy in the Pacific face the challenge from China. However, the number of Pacific Fleet ships has continued to decline. If this trend is not reversed immediately, the U.S. national security and its influence in the world will continue to weaken in the coming years.
the many challenges, the Navy also faces an attempt to play an important role in the Pacific, the rise of new powers. Last year, China released called “sea defense” of the new strategy and build for the long-range blue-water naval capability. China is an important aspect of this new strategy is to extend to the ability to act outside of the South China Sea and the Philippine Islands, has been touched to the Pacific Ocean on the “second island chain”, and this is the U.S. Navy has always been occupied with the initiative.
Although the U.S. Navy in the Pacific countries see as the freedom of navigation for all the power, but China does not think so. China claims that it can actually control the marine economic zone within 200 nautical miles in all activities, not China allow foreign commercial and naval vessels can not enter. China has developed rapidly in the Taiwan Strait to prevent the United States when the ability to intervene. China’s naval expansion rate has been fast enough to allow U.S. policy makers surprised. To support this strategy, China has deployed 60 submarines and 75 large warships, but also says it will build aircraft carriers to end the monopoly of the U.S. aircraft carrier in the Pacific. If unchecked, it will change as waters of the Pacific part of the “China Lake.”
Ronald Reagan built consisting of 600 ships the Navy has been unable to meet the needs of U.S. heavy task, can not cope with the challenges of increasingly powerful China. Pentagon two years ago to develop the minimum to build 313 ships the Navy plans can not meet these needs. If the annual budget based upon the Navy’s plans to cut 4.5 percent, the current U.S. budget will result in only 215 years after the Navy warships.
downsizing of the Navy for the United States is not a good thing. No control over the sea to support the Navy, the U.S. will be difficult to launch a force against terrorists, weapons of mass destruction is difficult to block arms smuggling and illegal, it is difficult to contain other countries, including the United States and its allies may be detrimental to the emerging superpower — China. “To maintain their status, the United States must immediately reverse the Navy’s continued recession. (The author is former U.S. representative of the UN General Assembly, Robert O’Brien, who Hua translated)
(” Global Times “2010 May 6 6th Edition)
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