In terms of quantity, this is an advantage. There are about 60 ships this year, and it is expected to increase by 2024, when the People’s Republic of China will have a fleet of at least 400 ships.
The supremacy of the sea is China’s new challenge to the United States. Beijing has established the largest naval fleet in the world, surpassing Washington. In terms of quantity, this is an advantage. There are about 60 ships this year, and it is expected to increase by 2024, when the People’s Republic of China will have at least 400 naval fleets. This goal is a response to President Xi Jinping’s request made in 2018 when he visited soldiers on the destroyer in April. Xi Jinping said: “The task of building a powerful navy has never been so urgent.” He was about to leave China that day. This is China’s largest fleet launched at one time: 48 ships, dozens of fighter jets, and more than 10,000 soldiers. Three years later, the Chinese president can say that he kept his promise and completed a road that began in 2015.
According to data from the US Naval Intelligence Agency (Oni), six years ago, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy had 255 ships. According to the same source, by the end of 2020, the number of Chinese naval vessels has increased to 360, which is 60 more than the number of the U.S. Navy. It is expected that as many as 400 warships will be added by the end of the four-year period that has just begun. CNN quoted a December report from the leaders of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard as saying: “The military power of the Chinese Navy has more than tripled in just two decades. The People’s Republic of China has commanded. The world’s largest navy is building modern surface craft, submarines, aircraft carriers, fighter jets, amphibious assault ships, ballistic nuclear missile submarines, large coast guards and polar icebreakers.
Some of these new vehicles and equipment will be the same or better than any of the United States or other naval forces. Andrew Erickson, a professor at the China Maritime Research Institute of the U.S. Navy, wrote in an article in February: “The Chinese Navy does not receive garbage from the local shipbuilding industry, but is becoming more and more complex and capable. Among these new ships, there are the Type 055 destroyer. Some analysts say that this type of destroyer has improved the firepower of the American Ticonderoga-class cruiser, and there are also amphibious assault ships. Thousands of Chinese soldiers were transferred and landed on the coast.
Faced with the exponential growth of China’s military fleet, the United States cannot (or can) compare similar numbers. By the end of the four-year period, Washington should reach the goal of 355 warships, thus confirming the huge numerical disadvantage. However, the United States can rank first in the number of armed forces: the United States has more than 330,000 soldiers, while China has only 250,000. In addition, the tonnage deployed by the U.S. Navy is larger than that of Beijing. Larger and heavier armed ships such as destroyers and guided missile cruisers have significant advantages in launching cruise missiles.
According to Nick Childs, a defense analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the United States also has more than 9,000 vertical-launched missile units on surface ships, while China has only 1,000. Finally, the US attack submarine fleet relies on 50 nuclear-powered ships, which gives the US a clear advantage over its Chinese competitors in terms of autonomy and resistance. In fact, there are only 7 nuclear-powered submarines in Beijing’s 62 fleet.
Childers explained: “The biggest advantage of the Chinese Navy over the U.S. Navy is that its patrol and combat vehicles have a level of frigate lower than or equal to that of frigates.” Since 2015, China’s industrial plan has increased the number of such ships. Doubled, and experts believe that this is a worrying signal for Washington, because Washington is facing budget problems and the coronavirus pandemic. China. Analysts worry that this trend will be confirmed in the next few years after China announces that it will increase its annual defense budget by 6.8% of GDP.
The China Power Project stated: “During the period from 2014 to 2018, the number of submarines, warships, amphibious and auxiliary ships launched by China exceeded the number of ships currently in service in individual navies in Germany, India, Spain and the United Kingdom.” Judging from the speed of the warships being built and the capabilities of the latest ships, I would like to say that it may be the most powerful navy in the region at present, and it is building its projected fleet in the world. The road is very smooth. New American security expert, former US Said Captain Thomas Shugart (Thomas Shugart).
But the analysts asked themselves another question: After building the world’s strongest fleet, what will Beijing do? China has always firmly believed that its military is only defensive. The 2019 National Defense White Paper entitled “China’s National Defense in the New Era” stated: “The development of China’s national defense aims to meet its legitimate security needs and contribute to the development of world peace forces.” He added: “China will always It will not threaten any other country or seek any sphere of influence.”
Analysts have expressed clear intentions for peace. At the same time, the protection of mainland China and its territorial claims in the region are called “offshore defense” by Beijing. Jennifer recalled that China “does not control the straits and transit routes on which its economy depends.” “In the event of a crisis or maritime war, (Chinese) shipping will be disrupted.” American analysts Rice and Eric Robb ( Eric Robb) The Naval Intelligence Agency emphasized the obvious role of strengthening the presence of the Chinese fleet in this regard. Finally, in order to export its military power to serve its global interests, China has also begun to implement “protection of the oceans.” This situation “reflects the direction Beijing is taking within the broader foreign policy framework. Encourage China’s economic and Beijing cultural influence.” Extension.
(Posted by Corrado Accaputo-Askanews)