The Chinese Navy Chief was in the U.S. last fall to attend a massive naval conference in Rhode Island. During this conference U.S. China relations was a topic of topic of interest due to the massive expansion of China’s Navy. Interestingly, the Chinese Navy Chief wants to expand U.S. China exchange programs in order to enhance the competence of Chinese Navy members. This may be beneficial for the Chinese, but I don’t see the immediate benefit to educating another nations Navy that could potentially expand to be larger than that of the U.S.
The United States has started to become a little concerned with how rapidly the Chinese navy has been expanding. Since the new Navy Chief has taken office many progressions have been made. China’s first aircraft carrier has been built, many submarines have been deployed to areas in the Pacific and Indian oceans, but most concerning is the fact that China has been building artificial islands in contested waters near their borders. The U.S. Navy currently dominates the Asia but China’s expansion is posing a threat.
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