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China is taking a huge step toward eventually challenging the US for naval supremacy in the Pacific correspondent Adam Housley on what could be.
A military sea change.
-- -- growing tensions in the Earth's largest ocean China officially launched its first ever aircraft carrier.
The refurbished former Soviet ship now named the leaning is meant to significantly boost -- combat capabilities and naval power around the Pacific.
China's defense budget has.
Expended a round 1213%.
For the last twenty years it started from very low base but this is how -- -- China and the Chinese military to become.
One of -- most.
Significant and consequential military -- powers.
The Chinese edition comes as the United States plans deeper military cuts.
Even as -- 500 American military personnel will deployed Australia to boost security in the Pacific region and plans are in the works to base US ships in Singapore.
The Pacific theater is incredibly important to US interest.
It always has been and it always will be it's important not just militarily it's important economically.
It's important for the future of the world because so much is happening.
In the Pacific rim region.
And abuse all of us to to not just follow it to be -- an active part of the.
-- increased American part that focuses not only on protecting vital shipping lanes.
But supporting Asian allies that are increasingly concerned with the Chinese military build up and more aggressive actions around the region.
80% of people live within about a hundred miles of -- coastline.
Think about all the coastline that is involved with Pacific rim region.
In 90% -- world trade goes on the ocean so.
This isn't just about military being there for.
Adversary relationships it's about -- stability.
The -- were able to live in the world today.
In recent weeks US military leaders have acknowledged the rebalancing -- forces into the Pacific region even calling it a military payment with an increasing cooperation.
Not only with larger allies like Japan and Australia.
But smaller countries like the Philippines Indonesia and Vietnam.
Also -- looking to expand military ties with the United States.
Adam thank you there.
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