Posted by Chris Rogers on October 5, 2023, 10:56 am, in reply to "Re: One for Chris Rogers."
Living in China's Greater Bay Area, which essentially is similar to Silicon Valley in California, I'm inundated daily by the huge technological change and advancement China is making, this applies across many technologies, among them military and space exploration. Suffice to say, China has invested greatly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine) to the point its either on par with the West or at the cutting edge.
Since the US tilt to Asia Pac under Obama and Trump's anti-China rhetoric the nation is aware NATOstan poises a threat and has risen to the task of challenging this - this can be seen in the development of a major ship building capability focused around Shanghai and modernisation of its Navy and Coastal defense systems.
As far as I'm aware, the PLA is aware its behind the USA in submarine warfare, specifically of the attack/hunter killer type, so an emphasis on submarine locating technology evens the playing field, which of course can be deployed on its emerging Aircraft carrier fleet and other classes of ships.
Another interesting point is the fact Japan has been upgrading its Navy, egged on by the USA, which does not augur well as China has a very long memory.
Moral of the tale, the Chinese ain't stupid and are more than capable of playing the Navy Lark and matching/exceeding US production and utilising advanced technologies to guarantee its sovereignty and access to markets in our region, which, in the 1920s and 30s Imperial Japan was unable to do - essentially, and unlike the West, the Chinese elite study history and take onboard lessons from it.