A Chinese naval display in the South China Sea. Even on US estimates, by 2030 the Chinese fleet may be twice the size of America’s. Photo: Reuters

Has the US already lost the battle for the South China Sea?

  • America has been caught napping by Beijing’s military build-up, maritime militia and island-building campaign, experts say
  • Island outposts have already given China the ‘foundation of control’ and the PLA fleet could dwarf America’s by 2030
Topic |   South China Sea
A Chinese naval display in the South China Sea. Even on US estimates, by 2030 the Chinese fleet may be twice the size of America’s. Photo: Reuters
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