Submitted by Taps Coogan on the 6th of September 2018 to The Sounding Line.
Amid increasing US-China tensions over trade and geopolitics, Geopolitical Futures‘ founder and Chairman George Friedman recently challenged the idea of China’s military expansion, particularly the growth of its Navy and its ambitions in the South China Sea.
Mr. Friedman notes:
“One area that they (China) have to control is the South China Sea. For ten years they have been building this navy that was going to sweep everybody away and they still don’t control the South China Sea… They have a navy. It now has one aircraft carrier. The United States has lots of aircraft carriers. So yes, they have increased the number of aircraft carrier infinitely from zero to one, but you can’t imagine the Chinese Navy challenging the American or the Japanese Navy. The newspapers who don’t understand a military balance will look at China and say ‘my God they’ve got a huge Naval program.’ So let’s ask a stupid question. What are they building? When will they build it and who will command it? The most important question about a navy is not the ship, it’s about the admiral.”
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