John（January 9, 2014 at 10:31）Rough summary of this article: Assessing naval power by counting ships is boring and empirical. There’s something called Maritime Identity which is much more exciting. America’s is: “We have a big navy and we use it for good.” China’s is: “We would like a big navy to thwart America and we’re doing our nefarious best to get one. We might have one as early as next week, so watch out.” I know this because I read the People’s Daily and I’ve been in China a whole year.
Anon（January 9, 2014 at 12:23）（回楼上）I think the author meant to show how maritime identity is better than “relying on solely armaments” as the unit of analysis. He didn’t totally define China’s maritime identity, I think he/she just brought up its specific aspects relevant to the term blue water navy.
I don’t care if he/she was only there for a year. I think The article has many good points
ScottLoar（January 9, 2014 at 13:35）
China will not reveal its defense budget or spending but its military intentions are clear: China intends to develop a military that supports state diplomacy, protects Chinese assets no matter where they may be, and is able to contend with any other power.
Yes, it’s that simple.
Socrates（January 9, 2014 at 19:35)（回楼上）Yes, My Man,
The whole world seemed to misunderstand Xi’s recent declaration regarding China Dream.
China Dream that Xi meaned is NOT the prosperity , harmony, happiness for Chinese populace,But China Dream he meaned is : China shall displace the US and becomes the world hegemony because that ambition embedded in Chinese rulers minds more than 2,000 years .And every new regime takes power in China also repeats the same declaration .
As far as I’m concerned, the most recent rulers who have repeated that declaration are Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai Shek, Mao Ze Dong and now Xi Jingping.
Just one month after he was assigned as the first President of Republic of China, Sun Yat Sen has proudly declared that US has became superpower by chance rather than its real potential and its dominance is temporary only. And only China, with its vast territory , immense natural ,human resources plus its 5,000 civilisation foundation.Therefore, it deserves to be the long term world hegemony.
Let look at China presence in Artic , Antartica ,every corner of the world and even on the moon.The you will realize that such assumption is really moronic.
Bobby Nguyen（January 9, 2014 at 02:01）China wants a blue water navy so it can steal oil and gas-rich maritime territories from Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan. Its navy is not for protecting ocean trade links, but for capturing them. I would think that, because of their history, the Chinese would be more benevolent to their smaller neighbors. Look again: China is now an imperialist pig.
Put thefts into cage（January 9, 2014 at 05:57）（回楼上）Vietnam, the Philippines and Japan are petty thefts; they have been benefitting a lot on the differences and misunderstandings between USA and China. One of the purposes of “new type of great-power relationship” is to stop these thefts from enjoying stolen goods at the expenses of the relationship between great-powers.
Big stick is needed to disperse these petty thefts from encroached lands and properties and enforce them to obey law and order.
Kris R.（January 9, 2014 at 09:06）（回楼上）Petty thefts. Did you mean Vietnam, Philippines, and Japan are victims of petty thefts? Or are you calling these countries thieves, like in ‘petty thieves’. Who stole what? Great powers? Do you mean that US and China are great powers ready to invade other countries just because of thievery accusations? Are you in a cage right now? You seem to be cooped in the cage of ignorance and misinformation.
Put thefts into cage（January 10, 2014 at 00:21）（回楼上）Kris, for your information, Vietnam and Philippines stole Chinese islands in the South China Sea, Japan stole Chinese islands as well as Ryukyu kingdom in the East China Sea in case you have been fed with misinformation from the Western black information network which includes media, education system, think tanks, government agencies, etc. for their global enslavement conquest.
AG（January 8, 2014 at 15:08）This article is terrible, it makes no sense.
Is the retrorocket about China different in the US?
Some of the quotes reported from Chinese newspapers are sentences that the Chinese journalist quotes himself from an American source….please be serious….
tom929（January 8, 2014 at 12:35）people keep yapping about rise of china and decline of US. just wait and the future will unfold itself . no reason to waste time making prediction