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Towards a Blue Water Future: China’s Aircraft Carrier Programme


China’s announcement of its intention to build an aircraft carrier has gripped the attention of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) watchers for the past few months. Some see this as an affirmation of the ‘China Threat’ theory, but others are more sceptical.

China’s announcement of its intention to build an aircraft carrier has gripped the attention of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) watchers for the past few months. Some see this as an affirmation of the ‘China Threat’ theory, but others are more sceptical. The acquisition of a carrier is above all a symbol of prestige, and currently in step with China’s rise. However, China still lacks the all-round capabilities to utilise a carrier as a vehicle for true power projection. China

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