Land of the rising sun. Literally. There's no DST!
I don't think this is necessarily Navy's way of saying "we don't need you," but more of "we can't afford you when we know our closest adversary outclasses us or matches us in every type of ship we have except submarines and carriers. (Maybe amphibs too...)" They are just so capable, large, and ready to compete, it's hard to call the PLA(N) a "neer peer" adversary anymore and really should be calling them a peer when it comes to ships that shoot things. Ultimately, it's way cheaper and faster to rebuild a brown water force than it is to make the required investments in our shooters in terms of both new hulls and the weapons they carry.