INSS PROCEEDINGS: China's Naval Modernization
On June 16, 2010, INSS hosted "China's Naval Modernization: Cause for Storm Warnings?" The symposium focused on the current state of China's naval modernization and possible U.S. responses to changing power dynamics in the Western Pacific. Numerous subject matter experts spoke at the event: Chirstopher Yung, PhD of the Center for Strategic Studies (INSS), Nan Li, PhD, of the Naval War College, Thomas Bickford from the Center for Naval Analyses, Michael Chase of the U.S. Naval War College and Ronald O'Rourke, PhD from the Congressional Research Service, to name but a few.
China’s naval modernization presents both opportunities and challenges for the United States. China’s emerging capability for out of area operations presents new opportunities to work collaboratively on humanitarian affairs, disaster relief, and SLOC security. Some described opportunities for the United States and China to build a cooperative maritime relationship. Many speakers focused on the challenges posed by China’s naval modernization, and especially by its development of antiaccess and area-denial capabilities. Several panelists raised concerns about the trajectory of U.S. naval modernization, where increasing procurement costs and constrained budgets are likely to produce a reduction in the size of the fleet at a time when China and other developing country navies are expanding capabilities.
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