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New Strategy Is To ‘Force Our Competitors to Respond’

WASHINGTON: The Navy’s top officer said yesterday’s deployment of two US destroyers through the Taiwan Strait is part of a strategy that will have US ships making the first moves “so that we can force our competitors to respond.”

Speaking about naval operations more broadly, Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, said at a New America Foundation event today that “in the ideal world we would want our competitors to respond to our moves instead of us responding to them… We would want to make many of the first moves on our own.”

The USS William P. Lawrence and USS Stethem transited through the 112-mile-wide Strait which separates Taiwan from China on Sunday, following a recent transit of a French warship challenging China’s claim to the waterway between the mainland and the island.

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