China To Replace America As Asia's Military Titan

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews troops stationed in Hong Kong on June 30. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

David Lague, Benjamin Kang Lim: How China is replacing America as Asia's military titan

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is refashioning his country’s military into a potent fighting force that in some critical areas now surpasses the U.S. armed forces, making an American victory over China in a regional war far from assured, Reuters reports today.

A scenario considered unthinkable not so long ago in Asia is now possible. According to retired Admiral Gary Roughead, who held the top job in the U.S. Navy, America “could lose” in a regional war with China over Taiwan.

“We really are at a significant inflection point in history,” said Roughead, who was Chief of Naval Operations until his retirement in 2011.

Intent on challenging American hegemony in Asia, China under Xi has established control over much of the South China Sea, stepped up military maneuvers aimed at pressuring long-time U.S. allies Japan and Taiwan, and for the first time has sufficient firepower to deter American aircraft carriers from sailing too close to its shores.

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WNU Editor: China is not replacing America as Asia's military titan, it is Asia's military titan. The question that needs to be asked is .... will Asia replace America as the world's military titan in the coming decades.

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