Military Capabilities

Countering Chinese navy's modernisation becomes prime focus for US Navy, says report

27 September 2019

China's military modernisation effort, including the enhancement of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), has become the top focus of US defence planning and budgeting, according to a 24 September report by the US Congressional Research Service about the implications of Chinese naval modernisation for US naval capabilities.

Ronald O'Rourke, a specialist in naval affairs and the author of the report, states that the US Navy has been taking a number of actions in recent years to counter the PLAN's growing capabilities.

Among other things, the service has shifted a greater percentage of its fleet to the Pacific; assigned its most-capable new ships and aircraft and its best personnel to the region; and maintained or increased general presence operations and training and developmental exercises, as well as engagement and co-operation with allied and other navies in the Asia-Pacific region, said O'Rourke.

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