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The U.S. Navy maintains 271 ships in its “battle force” fleet, while the Pacific Fleet constitutes about 200 total ships (source: macpixxel for GIS)

U.S. is key to managing the Western Pacific military buildup

The most important navies in the Western Pacific are growing in strength. Forces all around the region are improving, but the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy accounts for the lion’s share of new capacity, both in the number of vessels and technological sophistication. How the United States chooses to address this challenge will make the difference between war...

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