"China will have an incredible 99 submarines, 4 aircraft carriers, 102 destroyers and frigates, 26 corvettes, 73 amphibious ships and 111 missile craft. That will give Beijing a total of 415 warships," the journalist highlighted.
Zachary Keck noted, however, that Fanell has long been known for his alarmist stance and "blunt assessments" regarding Beijing's naval force. In 2013 James Fanell noted, for instance, that China was "bullying its adversaries" and labeled it as "hegemonic." In 2014 Fanell insisted that Beijing was preparing for a "short, sharp war" with Japan over disputed islands, while in February 2015, during his retirement ceremony the former senior US Navy officer warned about an upcoming war with China.