- naval /NEY-vuhl /
- ally /uh-LAHY/
- viable /VAHY-uh-buhl/
- excel /ik-SEL/
- versatile /VUR-suh-tl/
[adjective] – belonging to a country’s navy, or relating to military ships
The country invested heavily in its naval capabilities to protect its coastlines and maritime interests.
[noun] – a country that has agreed officially to give help and support to another one, especially during a war
The soldier felt reassured knowing that they had strong allies on the battlefield, fighting alongside them for a shared cause.
[adjective] – able to work as intended or able to succeed
The renewable energy project proved to be economically viable, attracting investors and generating positive returns.
[verb] – to be extremely good at something
With his attention to detail and creative flair, Peter was able to excel as a graphic designer, producing stunning visual designs.
[adjective] – able to change easily from one activity to another or able to be used for many different purposes
The versatile actor effortlessly transitioned between comedy and drama roles, showcasing his range of talents.
China’s naval growth is not only about quantity but also superior firepower. For instance, China’s Type 055 destroyer outmatches some of the US Navy’s destroyers in terms of firepower. South Korea’s Sejong, the Great-class destroyers, and Japan’s Maya-class destroyers offer viable alternatives. These ships provide similar or better capabilities at lower costs. Japan focuses on affordable quality, while South Korea excels at producing versatile warships. Despite the legal and security challenges, collaborating with these allies could help the US Navy bridge the gap with China. Exploring partnerships and utilizing their efficient production processes could be a way for the US to maintain its strategic position in the Indo-Pacific region and counter China’s growing fleet.
- Have you seen a warship in person? How important do you think they are to your country’s safety?
- Experts consider Japanese warships to be among the best in the world. How do you feel about it?
- Do you think the US should prioritize national security over potentially benefiting from the capabilities and affordability of warships built by allies?
- How do the warships built by South Korea and Japan compare to China’s in terms of capabilities and cost?
- How would you feel if the United States fell behind China in terms of naval capabilities? What impact do you think it would have on the country’s global influence and security?