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2007年5月25日 (金)

米太平洋軍司令官、中国空母建造の支援を提案!?

Martin Walker, "China's War Chest," UPI, 23 May 2007, <http://www.sinodaily.com/reports/China_War_Chest_999.html> (25 May 2007)
上記報道によると、PACOM司令官Tim Keatingは、人民解放軍海軍司令員呉勝利に、中国が望むなら、空母建造、運用の援助を行うと述べた。上記報道から引用。

"China could in theory afford to challenge the traditional U.S. naval dominance in the Pacific Ocean.
Were it to choose to do so, it seems they would have a helping hand from the U.S. Navy. Adm.
Tim Keating, who now runs the Pacific Command and used to serve on the carrier Nimitz, has just completed a five-day friendly visit to China. And at a lunch with Vice Adm. Wu Shengli, commander of China's navy, Keating stressed the difficulty and complexity of developing, building and operating an aircraft carrier. But at his news conference the following day, Keating said the United States would be willing to help if that is what China decides to do.
"It is not an area where we would want any tension to arise unnecessarily," he said. "And we would, if they choose to develop (an aircraft carrier program) help them to the degree that they seek and the degree that we're capable, in developing their programs."
The immediate response from many armchair strategists was to wonder if Admiral Keating had taken leave of his senses." (強調筆者)

中略

"There is a school of American thought that would actually welcome a massive Chinese investment in aircraft carriers, on the grounds that it would take them as long as 20 years to be able to build the ships and aircraft, train the crews, and learn the tactics of operating carriers, and they would be very hard put to catch up with the U.S. Navy's 80years of experience. (The U.S. Navy paid a stiff price for a similar over-confidence regarding another Asian fleet back on Dec. 7, 1941.)
Others maintain that luring China into building such a navy would be a clever fiscal trap that would overwhelm and distort the Chinese defense budget for decades to come, and simply offer some very fat targets for the U.S. advantage in stealthy hunter-killer submarines."

以下略。本発言の背景は本報道に示されている。

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