In conversation with Rear Admiral, Jeffrey Harley, President of the U.S. Naval War College.
HARLEY:- A conflict with China is certainly not inevitable, as some people say. When a power continues to rise, we can find space in the world as long as all follow international law.
HH: From a naval point of view, what is the difference between the rise of China and the rise of the Soviet Union.
HARLEY:- When you look at Soviet Union as an ally in the 2nd World War and then a Cold War competitor for many decades, after that you see a different type of force in China.
HH: An economic ally?
HARLEY:- Yes and all the more reason why instead through mutual cooperation and respect of law we can together ensure that no conflict occurs.
HH:- And what’s changed in projecting maritime power today?
HARLEY:- What’s made it different are the capabilities enabled by incredible technology and this creates enormous challenges. We’re talking about the ability to provide anti-access with extraordinary ranges with extraordinary lethality. The college provides (war) games that cover the entire strategic environment for which we must be ready. We look at issues like anti-access and how our forces can use our own technologies to ensure we have that sea control when we need it. We are global power. We will operate around the world in accordance with international law and we won’t modify it to have other constructs and other characteristics based on what other nations believe is their right.
HH:- You mean not the rule-of-law with Chinese characteristic?
HARLEY: Exactly right