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Does helping China always help us?

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17 August 2009 13:17

From Hugh White's contribution to the 2009 ANU China Update:

China does not need to equal the US in military capability, but simply limit US options...The shift is already underway. American capacity to project power in Asia is slipping away as China develops the capacity to deny important areas of the Western Pacific – especially those closest to China – to the US Navy’s surface fleet.

What Hugh refers to as 'the capacity to deny important areas of the Western Pacific...to the US' is known in military jargon as an 'anti-access strategy'.

Here's the naval strategy blog, Information Dissemination, on the important place that the Type 022 missile-armed catamaran plays in the People's Liberation Army-Navy's (PLAN) anti-access strategy:

When people first talk about PLAN modernization, 022’s importance is rarely mentioned, but they really are a huge part of China’s anti-access strategy. They represent a multi-generational improvement on the existing fleet...They are revolutionary in PLAN because they not only improved upon the existing fleet, but provided so much more options and capabilities that never existed before.

 The design for the hull of the Type 022 was sold to the PLAN by an Australian company.

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