As China’s navy continues to grow in size and capability, the Pentagon is taking the threat more seriously than ever.

The US Navy’s 2021 budget requests include a nearly twentyfold increase in anti-ship missiles over the next five years, including newer long-range designs. However, they have yet to match Beijing’s ultra-long-range weapons.

The US Navy’s budget requests for fiscal year 2021 include a huge increase in anti-ship missile purchases in response to the steady increase in size of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), which already outpaces the US Navy and has begun to explore blue-water operations.

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