“China is in the process of ‘destroying our alliances’ on the Pacific Rim, a prominent Republican lawmaker warned Wednesday. ‘They are on the verge of achieving their goal of destroying our alliances in the Indo-Pacific by making keeping our defense commitments too costly to keep,’ Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted
“A modernization program focused on naval and missile forces has shifted the balance of power in the Pacific in ways the United States and its allies are only beginning to digest. While China lags in projecting firepower on a global scale, it can now challenge American military supremacy in the
“China aims to expand its influence from one polar cap to the other. Debt, demographics and a middle income trap stand in the way.” In a world defined by American unipolarity, Chinese advancement towards superpower status will bring with it unique changes and challenges that reflect those of the country itself.