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China has an advantage over the US Navy that could mean a 'decisive' defeat for US warships in a fight at sea

China's Harbin (112) guided missile destroyer takes part in a week-long China-Russia navy exerciseAP Photo

  • In the maritime battlespace, Chinese warships have an advantage over US Navy vessels that could prove "decisive" in a conflict.
  • While the US has China outgunned, having greater capacity than the Chinese, China's naval forces have greater range.
  • Were China to initiate hostilities from a safe distance, its clear range advantage could render the US Navy's capacity advantage irrelevant.

Chinese warships can shoot farther than the US Navy, an ability that could prove "decisive" in a naval conflict, experts argue.

China is arming its surface warships with supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles with far greater range than the Cold War-era subsonic missiles the US Navy has in its arsenal.

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