The United States expressed concern about the growth in both quantity and quality of the ships of the Chinese Navy; as well as actions to destabilize the regional situation.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) is now seen as the key player capable of nullifying US control over the Western Pacific. Indeed, today China is proving not only to be capable of building ships but also to use them competently.
In addition, what is known about the PLA Navy’s programs in arming the fleet, aircraft, and various weapons. All of this puts a strain on the regional situation and sparks a new arms race.
Although the US has not yet been defeated by China in military power, they believe that China has many problems and weaknesses in its naval organization that the US can exploit. However, American experts also admit that China is taking huge steps to eliminate them.
Up to now, the Chinese navy has superior strength compared to the US fleet. At the beginning of this year, the PLA navy owned 333 warships, while the US had 296; but American warships are of higher quality with better strength and more capable.
It is estimated that by 2025, the Chinese Navy will have 400 warships and by 2030 425 (this is just the number of surface ships, not counting submarines). However, the patrol boats, corvettes and frigates guarding China’s territorial waters are more than enough to make it difficult for the US Navy to operate near the Chinese coast.
The main strength of the US Navy is aircraft carriers supported by cruisers, destroyers, and nuclear submarines; and all the most powerful weapons of the US Navy have gathered in the waters of the Pacific Ocean. And fortunately for the United States, no one is currently at war in the Atlantic.