China, shoring up its navy, muscles into pacific :: WRAL.com

““China is now capable of controlling the South China Sea in all scenarios short of war with the United States,” the new commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Adm. Philip S. Davidson, acknowledged in written remarks submitted during his Senate confirmation process in March.

He described China as a “peer competitor” gaining on the United States not by matching its forces weapon by weapon but by building critical “asymmetrical capabilities,” including with anti-ship missiles and in submarine warfare. “There is no guarantee that the United States would win a future conflict with China,” he concluded.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/28/world/asia/china-navy-aircraft-carrier-pacific.html