"The end of democracy and the defeat of the American Revolution will occur when government falls into the hands of lending institutions and moneyed incorporations." `Thomas Jefferson
Also consider that Our navy consists of the greatest nuclear submarines in the world. Bar none. I doubt china has the ability to handle such submarines.
China's greatest threat is itself and its people. Eventually their population or their government will not be able to be controlled internally and they will face civil war.
The Crowd is not the sum of its parts.
Doesn't China's current naval capacity amount to little more than a coastal defence fleet? I never understood the apparent concern over China's emergent economy. Having suddenly discovered that ploughing fields with oxen may not be the most productive format, everyone should tremble? You don't get away with economic development while allowing social mobility to languish. For the most part, China's people still chafe under Third World conditions. That's a house of cards. They must be around three hundred years behind the West.
Any emergent economy will experience its most rapid rate of growth from its inception. We can't predict just where China's top end will level off. If I have to guess, the point at which its economic ascent will find itself curtailed by its social dilemma, could be anywhere from 20-50 years, failing some unexpected social and/or economic crisis that precipitates a revolution. It won't continue to remain unaddressed, that I do know.
That China should attain anything even approaching America's force projection over so abrupt a period as seven years, is laughable. Even given an economy oriented exclusively for war, it would do so at the expense of the same Western credits that has served as its cement. God knows its own people aren't in a position to create demand.