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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse31 Jan 2019 9:38 p.m. PST

"You have to count the Chinese coast guard and maritime militia.

The Chinese fleet is much bigger than most people think. And that should compel the United States to reconsider its Pacific maritime strategy, one expert argued.

The People's Liberation Army Navy by 2020 will possess between 313 and 342 warships, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence estimated…."
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CFeicht Supporting Member of TMP01 Feb 2019 5:35 p.m. PST

Bigger isn't necessarily synonymous with better.

Cyrus the Great01 Feb 2019 7:55 p.m. PST

Does that include junk ships and borrowed turtle ships from North Korea?

Lion in the Stars01 Feb 2019 8:15 p.m. PST

The US Army has about 100 various ships, and another ~300 boats. link

I'm not sure how many of those Chinese warships are actually ocean-going, as opposed to riverboats.

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP02 Feb 2019 11:15 a.m. PST

A more in-depth assessment is necessary, because a ship is not the equivalent of another ship. They don't have any operating carriers. The carriers they will soon have are not the equivalent of US carriers. Their radar is not as good, ditto satellites.

But "650 ships" does deserve attention, especially if they want the capacity to discourage aggression.

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