Since US President Donald Trump took office in January, both China and the US have kicked off a massive naval buildup, and both cite fears of the other’s increasing maritime military power as the reason. Are we to see another arms race between the rival powers?
“It's opportunity in crisis,” a diplomat from an unnamed Asian country told The Wire in Beijing. “China fears Trump will turn on them eventually, as he's so unpredictable, and it's getting ready.”
While it is almost impossible to get reliable figures on how much China actually spends on its fleet, the official figure of overall military expenses of $139 billion is widely believed to be an understatement.
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