A new and much more capable Chinese navy, especially its submarine force, is being acquired and deployed. It is not yet mature, but its rapid and impressive modernization is making it a navy that is arguably the only one that the U.S. Navy must deter or be able to defeat—unless, under other circumstances, it becomes a high-seas partner.
McVadon, Eric A.
"China’s Maturing Navy,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 59
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol59/iss2/7