Some discussion over whether Herman Cain is aware China is a nuclear power, based on this quote from Cain:
So yes theyâ€™re a military threat.Â Theyâ€™ve indicated that theyâ€™re trying to develop nuclear capabilityÂ and they want to develop more aircraft carriers like we have. So yes, we have to consider them a military threat.
It could be he just didn’t state it correctly, but in the context of aircraft carriers, this is certainly correct. There are only two nations on earth that have built a nuclear powered aircraft carrier, the United States and France, and France’s nuclear carrier program has been plagued with trouble. Building nuclear aircraft carriers is complex and expensive, and we’re the only country on earth that’s really built a strong expertise in doing it. This capability allows us to project power around the world, because our aircraft carriers can use their huge fuel tanks to carry around plenty of fuel — for the planes.
So I’m not sure Herman Cain is ignorant here. He might just have spoken poorly about China trying to develop a nuclear capability for their navy, which is certainly accurate.