Bryan Clark

Bryan Clark

Bryan Clark is a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

China already has escalation dominance
China has the ability to control the South China Sea because it has established escalation dominance in that area. Let’s go through some basic numbers. China now has the world’s largest navy, which has more than 300 ships. If you want to be able to conduct sea control in a region, having a big navy is a valuable part of that. China is able to focus the attention of that navy on near seas to an extent that its competitors like the US cannot. The US has a global responsibility, a global navy, whereas China has the luxury of focusing more of its attention on the near seas, including the South China Sea. Arguably, despite China’s assertions about its far seas aspirations, their navy is really fo