Since the end of the Cold War, American military superiority has been an undeniable fact. But this superpower dominance is not the norm in world affairs. With the rise of China as a ‘peer rival’ of the US, are we seeing a return to a more contested ‘business as usual’ ? And if we are, what are the implications? In this interview, Craig speaks to Dr Ian Speller, co author of Understanding Modern Warfare about various developments in naval capability, and in particular the naval aspects of China’s resurgence. China is expanding its navy, and although Washington sees this as a threat, the Chinese themselves say any developing country would want to build up its sea power (given that historically threats to China have come from the seas).