Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dismiss China Strategy No Longer

Background (Timeline)

Beset by internal strife, China abandoned its naval efforts, and by 1500, it was a capital offense to build a seagoing junk with more than two masts.

March 1997 -  The People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA) Navy's makes its first voyage with port visits including Mexico, Peru, Chile.

May 15, – September 23, 2002 - PLA Navy's first circumnavigation of the globe.

May 10, 2007 - Now, you are starting to see what has really been behind the U.S. policy on Mexican immigration. Were China to garner a foothold in Mexico, Canada, or South America, the current Taiwan standoff could become weakened in China's favor. Vigilis

M.E.:  When will a Chinese aircraft carrier first dock in Mexico?

Updates (Current Facts, Events and Quotes)

December 10, 2012 -  According to a Congressional Research Service report on Chinese naval modernization, the PLA Navy comprises 275 vessels: 75 warships, 60 submarines, 55 amphibious ships and 85 small missile boats. The U.S. Navy has 285 ships and submarines.

September 2012 - The PLAN commissioned its first aircraft carrier, the 74,406-ton Liaoning.

June 25, 2013 - American strategic influence would be confined "east of the Pacific midline" as it is displaced by Chinese power throughout East Asia, including Australia. China’s goal is to force the U.S. out of the Western Pacific. - Col. Lui Mingfu, PLA’s National Defense University.

June 25, 2013 - "For years the Chinese have condemned countries having overseas bases. ..We have seen ship visits but we haven’t seen efforts to build and sustain a base overseas. Someday that may come. ... I think we could do with fewer carrier battle groups and putting that money towards attack submarines fleet, which is of primary importance, he said. That is America’s sharpest weapon.” - Lyle Goldstein, Associate Prof., China Maritime Studies Institute, U.S. Naval War College. 

September 3, 2013 - In the first visit of the Chinese navy to Argentina, a Chinese navy fleet set off for Chile, Brazil and Argentina.  - The Global Times
September 5, 2013 - "The quest for global naval power runs parallel to competition for control of markets in Latin America.. The two largest world economies, the United States, and China are vying for control of these markets.  ...China has sought to be the prime lender in Latin America, loaning $110 billion dollars thus exceeding the World Bank’s contribution for the past two years."  - Terence Rosenthal, China’s Pivot to Latin America, Center for Security Policy, September 5, 2013

Submarines are always silent and strange.

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