‘The risk of some local turf dispute exploding into a great power collision will remain alarmingly real.’
The Pacific rim is ever more densely strewn with the toys of war. The risk of some local turf dispute exploding into a great power collision will remain alarmingly real.
Indeed, there is a profound fear in Washington, in Tokyo, and maybe also in Beijing, that one day something unspeakably ghastly could happen by mistake. Remember that in 1914 before the outbreak of World War I, Britain and Germany were each other’s largest trading partners. China has an ever-growing fleet of missile-armed warships – thought to number around 80, as well as nearly 300 amphibious assault ships – including fast-attack craft specifically designed as ‘carrier-killers’, to engage the US Navy’s behemoths.
In response, the huge US Andersen air force base on the Pacific Ocean island of Guam has become host to a £10?billion reinforcement programme.