The naval situation in East Asia has just gotten more interesting. China has just achieved its first carrier jet landing on the recently-commissioned Liaoning. Take a look at a photograph of the Shenyang J-15 here.
The Pentagon has not been impressed, but I think that it is watching China’s single aircraft carrier (for now) very closely. Something tells me that China’s growing naval power will be used to justify big American defense budgets for many years to come.
In the meanwhile, Japan is eyeing China’s build-up nervously. It is responding with some moves of its own.