The Chinese are notorious for being navally incapable, Japan is trying to ramp up defenses in light of recent events in NE Asia, but I doubt they're willing to be aggressors. Especially if the US can deploy a superior force in the mean time.The Japanese navy despite being a “local” Navy is about 200 times better equipped, supplied and trained than the PLAN, was my point.
The Chinese underestimate how much everyone else hates them.
Besides, all you have to do is close the straits of Malacca and you’ll choke them out within months.
Something India and Indonesia will be happy to do.
Did you know that the Indonesians hate the Ccp because they tried to ferment a Marxist insurrection there decades ago ?
I think the Chinese know how much people hate them, they just don't care. They're able to wield a lot of power based on their production and population, both local and international.
My hope is that WW3 is China vs. India because both have unsustainable populations and are fighting for the same resources.