Is a Modern Chinese Navy a Threat to the United States?

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China’s rising presence in the Indian and Pacific oceans has far-reaching implications for our world order.

  • Alfred W. McCoy
  • The Nation

Amid the intense coverage of Russian cyber-maneuvering and North Korean missile threats, another kind of great-power rivalry has been playing out quietly in the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Deka 1aThe US and Chinese navies have been repositioning warships and establishing naval bases as if they were so many pawns on a geopolitical chessboard.

To some it might seem curious, even quaint, that gunboats and naval bastions, once emblematic of the Victorian age, remain even remotely relevant in our own era of cyber-threats and…

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