US Delusions And China’s Aircraft Carrier
Overall, this new aircraft carrier will pose no threat to the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region, which, on a global scale, is in the hands of the US due to its ”five aircraft carrier strike groups, approximately 180 ships, 1,500 aircraft and 100,000 personnel” on the Pacific fleet, “two Marine Expeditionary Forces and about 85,000 personnel” in the Marine Corps Pacific forces, “approximately 40,000 airmen and more than 300 aircraft, with about 100 additional aircraft deployed to Guam” in the Air Force Pacific forces, and “more than 60,000 personnel assigned, including five Stryker brigades” in the US Army Pacific forces.
However, despite these facts, the US government still is wants to know why China would need an aircraft carrier.
“We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of equipment,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters today. “We have had concerns for some time and we’ve been quite open with them with regard to the lack of transparency from China regarding its power projection and its lack of access and denial of capabilities.”
The Wall Street Journal sums up the situation aptly, when it states that the Chinese aircraft carrier’s ”launch is thus seen as a milestone in relations between an ascendant China, bent on reclaiming its historical role as a global superpower, and a debt-ridden U.S. that wants to retain the military supremacy it has wielded in Asia since 1945.” The US is worried that the Chinese military may very well threaten its dominance of the Pacific region.