China is a different animal.
But why are they openly talking about going to war or attacking a US Carrier Fleet?
Because we are acting in an offensive capacity towards them.
Why are we enforcing the sovereignty of Taiwan? What do we get out of it? Hong Kong returned to China. They may attempt to break away. That is being openly discussed on the streets of Hong Kong. It’s one reason that China is getting testy in the world. Shianghai and Guangzhou (sp?) are two other possible break away provinces/cities.
China has plenty of internal issues that will not go away by focusing attention outward.
Of course, we should have a Navy capable of defense against a Chinese threat.
We’ve actually got 10 times the Navy of the rest of the world combined.
China can talk all they want. They have not the projection power of the US. Yet. They won’t have it for some time.
If they attack us, it is because we are THERE. Not because they are invading America.
You have to ask yourself the same questions with China as with Russia.
Are you prepared to go to war with China over the South CHINA Sea or Vietnam or the PI?
Personally, I’m not.
Now, would I be fine with going to war against China WITH Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, India and a few other PAC Nations. I might be.
However, I do not believe that this will occur.
No one can tell for certain but I believe that it is more likely that China dissolves AGAIN before they have a chance to start a war with the United States of America.
China is, technically, about 3,000 years old. It has been a united China for about 15 to 20% of that time. Most of that was because of the Mongols.
So, again, exactly why are we going to war with China? Because of a few Admirals who have openly spoken of attacking US Carrier Fleets. That is a bit hypocritical. US Generals and Admirals publicly speak of attacking China all of the time. Hell, we’ve had, at least, two US Generals openly speak of nuking China in the past (Stillwell and MacArthur). I’m sure that there have been more.