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Analysis: US Navy must face Chinese ambitions

8th January 2018 - 00:10 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei


A new US Congressional Research Service (CRS) report lays out the groundwork needed for the US Navy (USN) to face China’s growing naval power in its near seas, including the South China Sea, and potentially the entire Western Pacific.

Ronald O’Rourke, a CRS naval affairs specialist, makes the case that the USN must address its weaknesses in the face of a China capable of destroying American ships and aircraft with an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) strategy that uses long-range anti-ship ballistic missilessubmarines, long-range air-to-air missiles, hypersonic missiles, hypervelocity projectiles, solid-state lasers and electromagnetic rail guns. …

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