With tensions mounting, I decided to see what might happen if the maneuvers escalated into actual combat. In my scenario, played out in the ultra-realistic computer game Command: Modern Naval/Air Operations, Beijing decides to teach Tokyo a lesson … and opens fire on the Japanese planes.
“If China’s Airspace Grab Turns Violent, This is What Could Happen” Medium, Foreign Policy, 2013.
The refurbished carrier Lioaning and the new submarines garner the most attention, but the Chinese navy—now arguably the world’s second most powerful after the U.S. Navy—has made equally important advances with other types of warships. New destroyers, corvettes, troop carriers, hospital ships and even spy ships round out a big and versatile fleet.
“Five Ships of the Chinese Navy You Really Ought to Know About“, Foreign Policy, 12/16/2013.