The Pentagon has requested a substantial increase in the Navy’s budget, and Gregg Easterbrook, writing in the New York Times, insists that an increase is unwarranted. Why? First, Easterbrook observes that while the United States has 10 advanced nuclear supercarriers, no other country, China included, has anything comparable. Second, he asserts that concerns about the threat China’s new weapon systems might pose to the Navy are nothing more than “fearmongering,” as “there’s no evidence that [China's] anti-ship missile has had a realistic test.” Third, he claims that rising Chinese naval power is not a threat to the United States, and to complain against Chinese dominance in the South China Sea or the East China Sea is like complaining about U.S. dominance in the Caribbean.
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