We chart out the current balance of naval power between Pacific countries.
China’s recent announcement of an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea that overlaps with Japan’s own ADIZ and covers disputed territory was just the latest provocative move of many between the two countries. Should tensions in the Pacific escalate, both countries would have significant naval power to call upon (including China’s recently commissioned Liaoning aircraft carrier). Meanwhile, in the Arctic, all countries remain committed to peaceful resolution of all Arctic boundaries, although Canada’s upcoming claim to the North Pole won’t win us any friends in Moscow. All of this got us thinking about the current balance of naval power between Pacific countries, which we’ve charted out in the graphic below.
* This graphic has been revised from its original version