America is now pushed out of the South China Sea, and is now within the next decade poised to be pushed out of Asia.
CHINA’S rapid naval expansion will see it overtake the US as the most powerful sea force by the end of the decade.
According to a US Congressional report, China is likely to have increased its total ship tally to more than 350 by 2020.
Beijing is also understood to have embarked on a high-tech ship building programme that could leave many of America’s older vessels obsolete in any future maritime conflict.
That would dwarf the US Navy’s current total of 272 deployable battle force ships.
China and the US are involved in a diplomatic row over the communist state’s military build up in the South China Sea.
Both nations have traded accusations of militarising the area as China undertakes large-scale land reclamation.
On Tuesday, China scrambled fighter jets as a US navy ship sailed close to one of the disputed reefs.
Full article: China rules the waves? British and US naval dominance lost to Beijing after huge expansion (Express)