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U.S. Navy hypes Russia and China's challenge to its maritime superiority

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By Yuan Can (People's Daily Online) 14:48, January 08, 2016

The U.S. is to strengthen its naval power in order to compete with rising Russian and Chinese military capabilities, the Chief of U.S. Naval Operations wrote in a recent strategy report.

John Richardson, Chief of U.S. Naval Operations, explained that the U.S. navy has to deepen operational relationships with other services, agencies, and industry partners who operate with the Navy to support their shared interests. Richardson's latest strategy, called 'A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority,' was unveiled on Jan. 5, 2016.

According to the new strategy, the U.S. is currently confronted with emerging rivals such as Russia and China, the nuclear ambition of North Korea and Iran, and the expansion of global terrorism.

In the report, Richardson identifies three forces that have profound implications for the United States Navy: the forces at play in the maritime system, the force of the information system, and the force of technology entering the environment as well as the interplay between them.

As for their emerging rivals, the report indicates that the Russian Navy is operating with a frequency and in areas not seen for almost two decades, and the Navy of Chinese People's Liberation Army is extending its reach around the world.

'Their goals are backed by a growing arsenal of high-end warfighting capabilities, many of which are focused specifically on our vulnerabilities and are increasingly designed from the ground up to leverage the maritime, technological and information systems,' said Richardson.

As the scope and complexity of the challenges they face change, there is a demand for a different approach. Of course, the competitors themselves have changed, too. The U.S. strategy must reckon with the pace of global technology, increased globalization, more heavily trafficked oceans and potential adversaries' fast-emerging new weaponry, said Richardson in the document.

Richardson also mentioned that the report will guide behavior and investment, both in 2016 and in the years to come. "More specific details about programs and funding adjustments will be reflected in our annual budget documents," said Richardson.

In response to the latest report released by the U.S., Yin Zhuo a military expert told CCTV that PLA Navy is speeding up its development in recent years. However the U.S. claims that PLA Navy impose threat to its navy. 'This is another kind of China Threat theory,' said Yin, 'The U.S. aims to strive for its naval status and funds shares among U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.'

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