Update: About that Chinese aircraft carrier docking in Mexico
No quite so far-fetched any longer, you think?
"What would the U.S. do if/when China attempts to park an aircraft carrier and/or missile firing submarines in the only deep water port in Baja California, Ensenada?" - M.E. March, 2009
Significant Chinese Navy expansions since 2009 (other than China's new ballistic missile and attack subs)...
"The more new oilers, the farther China will be able to send its new capital ships. Without underway replenishment, most naval vessels can travel only a few thousand miles; with fuel top-offs, they can circle the globe." - David Axe, Wired Magazine, This Simple Ship Could Let the Chinese Navy Circle the Globe, January, 2013.
September 25, 2012 - China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has entered service.
August 30, 2012 "Given underway replenishment vessels’ relative similarity to commercial ships and China’s large commercial shipbuilding capacity, Beijing is fully capable of surging production of these at any time. As such, its replenishment vessel construction rate will be a particularly revealing barometer of the PLAN’s future expeditionary intentions." - Dr. Andrew S. Erickson, Associate Professor, Strategic Research Department, U.S. Naval War College, The Diplomat, China’s Real Blue Water Navy
July 31, 2012 - China's Peoples Liberation Army Navy guided missile destroyer Qingdao and a patrol boat have ventured to the far off Black Sea for the first time in history.
Submarines are always silent and strange.