U.S. scholar: China’s naval deterrent to the level of the former Soviet Navy
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LONDON December 8 News: Athens, according to online network quoted the U.S. Naval War College 6, professor James – Howard Holmes (James Holmes) were divided into the analysis, since the Pacific since the Cold War has changed the pattern of sea power, the Chinese navy to the United States will almost equal to the challenges posed by the former Soviet Union and the level of the Imperial Japanese Navy.
Holmes said the country is still the driving force behind the development of sea power on the same – business, trade and naval fleet. As long as the United States is still the power in the Asia-Pacific region, Hawaii, Washington will be a bridge leading to this important region. Moreover, there is no doubt that, as a U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor is still important during the Cold War as such, plays a crucial role.
However, since the Cold War, the pattern of sea power has undergone a transformation. From 65 years ago, the Western Pacific, Leyte Gulf during World War II broke out in a sea battle the biggest after the U.S. Navy has committed to develop its sea power. They have the advantage that a navy to ensure a possible outbreak of conflict in the United States to limit the opponent’s actions. Among them, the Chinese navy is most likely to pose similar to the former Soviet Union to the United States Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy when the sea has brought challenges for the United States.
Holmes pointed out that in this case, the United States must maintain its high-tech and combat field advantage. So, in November, the United States and its meaning in the vast sea of ??independent rule, “Missouri” battleship (ret.) into dry dock for the necessary repairs. In 1945, the ship witnessed the end of World War II. “Missouri” battleship designed for gaming, such as the Empire of Japan “Japanese Class” or Nazi Germany, “Bismarck” and other warships. In addition to attack enemy vessels at sea beyond, it almost does not have other functions. However, during World War II, the belligerents are a disgrace that such a routine task. Later, the aircraft carrier fleet to replace ships as the most important one, but ships are primarily responsible for support missions, the enemy shelled the coastal areas, to protect aircraft against threat of air strikes. Eventually, they finally reduced to the idle stop at the point of the shore.
Holmes said today, taking up the old functions, but also the U.S. Navy has also been given new functions, such as anti-piracy. Moreover, these new functions also attracted the attention of the outside world. In addition, Holmes also said that his visit to Pearl Harbor in late October, where he saw the Japanese Aegis system equipped with a “wonderful high” number (Myoko), ship ports of call from the U.S. military are also equipped with Zeus Shield system, “Lake Erie” was only one cruiser pier. 2007, “Lake Erie” into the attack cruiser Zengyin out of control down a spy satellite and reputable. However, observers from other countries, especially China, the U.S. military observers will move to Washington to explain the beginning of the Chinese military for the same anti-satellite test conducted by the measures taken.
Japan “Myoko” cruiser appeared in Pearl Harbor statement of the contemporary United States naval forces of the existence of two cases. First, if the Navy to reduce the degree of emphasis on offensive operations, its ballistic missile defense and other defenses such as the concern of the task will increase. Japanese government agreed to join the U.S. Navy’s missile defense program, which allows the U.S. military launched ballistic missile over Japan, but has also agreed to test nuclear weapons. In this case, the warship can play a role as a mobile guard towers, but also as a platform for offensive power.
Second, the U.S. strategic position in the Pacific began to rely on coalition diplomacy. Nearly a century, the U.S. Navy have enjoyed much freedom in East Asia to establish a base rights. 1898 won the hands of the Philippine Islands from Spain, the United States put its occupation. However, in 1946, the United States agreed to Philippine independence, and in the early 1990s, closed in the Philippines, China set up base. Since then, the office is located 1400 miles east of the Philippines, Guam, according to the Asian continent has become the latest U.S. territory.
Holmes added that, in addition to the Philippines, the United States and its other allies in the Asia-Pacific region – Japan, there have been the relationship between variables. Out of Japan on the world stage of suspected over-confident, leader of Democratic Party of Japan has indicated its intention to stop anti-terror naval deployment to the Indian Ocean. This implies that the Japanese government wants to exit the world stage, the return since 1945, played defensive role.
Today, the U.S. military in a crisis or war for rent Yokosuka, Sasebo, and military bases such as Kadena issue, Tokyo has shown quite tolerant. If there is no military facilities in Japan support the U.S. military presence at sea, U.S. Pacific Fleet in Asian waters of the voice will become negligible. For the U.S. power projection, the Hawaii and Guam and will not play much of a role. This is the end of World War II has been the order of the United States benefit from the sea ends. Finally, Holmes also warned that Washington must not inadvertently lose their advantage of power in Asia. (Compiled: Spring)