In a war of attrition, many would believe that China has the upper hand due to its massive population. All else being equal, that might be true, but the United States has superior equipment in every conceivable category, including:
- Over 2,000 fourth-generation combat jets, including hundreds with fifth-generation stealth designs.
- Twenty times the number of nuclear warheads.
- Seventy ballistic missile submarines that can remain underwater indefinitely.
- Revolutionary missile defense capabilities.
- Eleven nuclear-powered supercarriers.
Etc., etc., etc.