Under the national strategy pressed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the result has been that ＇China is already ahead of the United States in certain areas＇ essential to its overall aim of progressing from homeland and periphery defense to global power projection.
The PRC has the largest navy in the world, with an overall battle force of approximately 350 ships and submarines, including over 130 major surface combatants.
In addition, the PRC has more than 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles (GLBMs) and ground-launched cruise missiles (GLCMs) with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers, while the U.S. currently fields one type of conventional GLBM with a range of 70 to 300 kilometers and no GLCMs.
The ability to rapidly and effectively deploy and sustain forces in and from multiple dispersed locations to respond to crises.
Landbased air forces-heavy bombers and fighter-bombers-are likely to provide the lion's share of US power projection capability in future conflicts.