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Alessio Patalano: Another Midway? Chinese and Japanese carrier programs and the Pacific balance of power
- Alessio Patalano
Over the past few years, East Asian states have modernized their militaries, prompting analysts to ask if there is an “arms race in the making.” Aircraft carrier programs, especially in China and – to a lesser extent – in Japan, attracted particular attention for their potential to undermine US naval dominance in the Pacific and alter the East Asian chessboard. Is that really the case? Are these programs symptomatic of the making of another Midway in the future?
Alessio Patalano will analyze Chinese and Japanese carrier programs, looking at their evolution and the doctrines which would guide their employment. Whilst different in nature, both the Chinese and the Japanese programs are indicative of evolving maritime strategies, strategies gauging complex security equations – seeking to balance international ambitions, national power, economic needs, and the limits of political realities.
At a closer look, these programs reveal how the East Asian military landscape is changing. China and Japan are bound to play a more substantial role in regional military dynamics. Managing this change will be the key to stave off another Midway.