So what is going on in China? Here are a few recent facts:
· Definite acceleration of offensive air and missile developments, including a growing arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles, including anti-ship missiles and advanced radar-evading stealth combat aircraft.
· Increased aggressive near its coasts, including harassment against US surveillance ships.
· Pursuit of counterspace and cyber capabilities that can be used to disrupt US military operations.
· Purchase of China’s first aircraft carrier (a refurbished Russian ship) will begin sea trials as early as this summer. The Varyag, a Kuznetsov-class carrier, was originally built for the Soviet navy, but construction was interrupted by the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
During a hearing of the Senate Armed Services committee, Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard that China’s intentions behind its decades-long buildup remain hidden and are undermining stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
The four-star admiral said the arms buildup is understandable because of China’s economic rise, but “the scope and pace of its modernization without clarity on China’s ultimate goals remains troubling.”