For more than a decade, the growth of China’s military and the expansion of its capabilities have been topics of increasing importance for the U.S. military and its allies. China consistently has responded to such concerns by repudiating them as self-serving and emphasizing the legitimate role of military power in protecting China’s sovereignty. With the recent construction of a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) “logistics base” in Djibouti and PLA Navy (PLAN) units deploying as far as the Baltic Sea, there are many questions regarding how China perceives the role of its military in the Asian region and beyond.
China Envisions Growing Role in Regional Security
By Commander Mark Metcalf, U.S. Navy (Retired)
China sees itself and the United States as key power brokers in Asia, but on regional issues, it often views the United States as an interloper.