WASHINGTON—The Pacific forces of the United States and her allies face their greatest threat since the Soviet Union. That threat comes from China, which has been undermining the U.S.-backed global order for 20 years. But the United States is under-equipped for great powers competition, analysts said on Dec. 13 at the Hudson Institute. In the western Pacific, in particular, America is not ready.
In the space of the last two decades, China has transformed its military from a weak and limited force into one that can project power abroad. One expert gave an example of how weak its military was ten years ago: “Their flyers did not fly at night,” said Bryan McGrath, a former naval officer and head of defense consultancy FerryBridge Group.