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EDITOR'S NOTE 1/6/2016: Since this was written China has organized the world's largest coast guard, is operating its first air craft carrier, building its second, learned underway replenishment and mastered missile launches from submerged submarines. While their navy still is comprised of some aging craft, their fleet out numbers our entire fleet three times over. By 2020 they probably still won't have nine functional aircraft carriers, but given their numerical advantages in combat capable hulls, does that really make us the superior force?
Based on a recent article posted at Military.com we aren't the only analysts concerned that China has designs in the Pacific beyond "the second island chain".
"WASHINGTON - A congressional advisory panel sounded a warning Wednesday about China's military buildup, predicting Beijing could possess the largest fleet of modern submarine and combatant ships in the western Pacific by 2020.
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said China's military modernization is altering the balance of power in the Asia-Pacific region and challenging decades of U.S. pre-eminence.
The commission advises Congress on the national security implications of the relationship between the two world powers."