What would a China/America war look like?September 19, 2012
As tensions in East Asia heat up, over at The Diplomat, they have begun what is to be a series of posts imagining what a war between the United States and China might look like. They call it “The Nightmare Scenario.” I will monitor the series, but I suspect the nightmare would be all China’s, now and in the near future. The Chinese have little ability to project power beyond their immediate neighborhood, yet they are exceptionally dependent on long, vulnerable sea lines of communication. Her “string of pearls” strategy remains an unfinished dream and, even if it were complete, would represent an isolated series of outposts unable to mutually support one another. The US Navy could strangle Chinese commercial activity thousands of miles beyond effective Chinese military power.