China expresses concern about U.S., Japanese naval deployments

Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) China is concerned about naval deployments by the United States and Japan in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a 2014 naval outlook issued by China through its military media. The PLA Daily published an article on its website predicting that major countries in the world will put more emphasis into building up their navies in 2014. The article said that U.S. Navy Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert recently released his Navigation Plan for the Navy for 2014 to 2018. The plan defines the course and speed the U.S. Navy will follow to organize, train and equip over the next several years. According to the article, the U.S. Navy will continue to push through a "rebalancing strategy" in Asia and the Pacific, and will deploy more vessels, submarines and planes in the region to realize the goal of deploying 60 percent of its Navy in the region by 2020. The article said that Japan has also released a draft five-year plan on ocean policy that is aimed at promoting undersea resources development and enhancing surveillance capability in its surrounding waters. Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force is also increasing its military deployment in its southwestern islands facing China. The article said that aircraft carriers are still favored by military powers, that major countries will make efforts to build nuclear-powered submarines, and that they will speed up the building of new types of submarines. Meanwhile, destroyers and escort vessels will move toward bigger tonnages with multiple uses. The article said that the North Pole will gradually become a U.S. strategic priority and that Russia will also step up naval deployments in that region, which will make the jockeying for position in the Arctic more fierce. (By Lilian Wu)