Sunday, November 19, 2017

Crashback: The Power Clash Between The U.S. And China In The Pacific

Veteran journalist and author Joseph C. Goulden offers a review in the Washington Times of Michael Fabey’s Crashback: The Power Clash Between The U.S. And China in the Pacific.

Intelligence analysts and media pundits alike are puzzling whether Xi Jinping, president of China, deserves the recent Economist cover calling him the world’s most powerful man.

Perhaps so. But Michael Fabey’s disturbing new book makes plain that China is now a muscular presence in its part of the world, and with clear ambitions to expand its role.

Mr. Fabey, a veteran defense writer, maintains that China and the U.S. are engaged in a “warm war” for naval dominance in the Pacific that we have “been losing.”

The crux of the crisis is China’s claim of territorial sea rights far beyond those set by international conventions. The issue is complex. For centuries most maritime powers accepted that sovereign territory extended three nautical miles off the shoreline — the range of cannon shot.

… Fortunately, the U.S. Navy is countering China’s ambitions with new technologies that modernize the missiles that are our dominant sea weapons. And despite the Chinese encroachments, Mr. Fabey’s description of the new weaponry — active and under development — warrants optimism.

You can read the rest of the review via the below link:

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