Most analysts believe that China will look to avoid any military confrontations, even over touchy issues such as the South China Seas and Taiwan. Simply put, with the Chinese economy is booming and the American military is technologically far superior to China’s, the Chinese have little incentive to go picking a fight. At least, that’s what the mainstream narrative argues.
Ask Captain James Fannell, however, and you’ll hear a different view. Captain Fannell believes that the Chinese are training for a “short, sharp” war with Japan and will look to establish dominance in the South China Seas with an air defense zone. He also believes that the Chinese could make their moves within the next year.
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Remarks stirring up tensions
Captain Fannell’s remarks are drawing ire from both Beijing and Washington, where policy makers appear to be looking to avoid any sort of direct confrontations. His remarks were made at a recent panel discussion at the West 2014 conference in San Diego.
The American military has stated that his remarks do not represent the government or military’s view. A military spokesperson also stressed that his remarks were not a test balloon to test the waters for a tougher military stance in regards to buffering against Chinese expansion in Asia.