Jim Talent has produced a sobering (and indeed eye-opening) account of Chinese designs complete with graphs showing how American military power has radically diminished in comparison to the Chinese. Talent's article offers a major survey of what America is up against at this very moment. No wonder there were so many photos of President Xi Jinping smiling when he met with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago.
I have written before about the growth of China’s military power and the decline of American strength because of the defense cuts in recent years. Here is a graphic illustration, compiled from open sources, of how that shift in power is affecting the Pacific theater: