Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at LIU Post in New York, Panos Mourdoukoutas wrote in Forbes that China should “trim the sails on their global aspirations”. He said: “That’s why its leaders should trim the sails on their global aspirations, beginning with the South China Sea, or end up facing disaster, as it did during the Opium Wars.” Mr Mourdoukoutas also spoke to retired Washington diplomat and Greek naval officer Yannis Tsinas who admired China’s naval progress but said they were not in a position to fight the US.
He said: “China has made great progress in building its military and naval capabilities.
“But it isn’t in any position to fight the US and its allies.”
Mr Mourdoukoutas agreed that in the case of the South China Sea “war”, China is just one player against all the other nations.
He said: “In the case of South China Sea “war,” China may have a dot, a couple of artificial islands, but it doesn’t have a second dot to draw a line.
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“Its aspirations make it one player playing against all the other nations with interests in the region: the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
“China is also playing against the navies of US, Japan, France, the UK, and Australia.
“These navies seek to enforce the freedom of navigation in the vast trade waterway.”
His comments come with China’s military soon matching that of the US, according to a shock warning issued by a former US Deputy Defence Secretary.
Robert Work co-authored a chilling report with former special assistant Greg Grant, warning of the threat China poses.
The report explained: “The Chinese People’s Liberation Army has been patiently stalking the US military for two decades.
“It has studied the preferred American way of war and devised a strategy to exploit its weaknesses and offset its strengths—particularly its military-technological strengths.”
The report added China “appears increasingly close to achieving technological parity with US operational systems and has a plan to achieve technological superiority”.