Does China Really Need Aircraft Carriers?
The National Interest -

James Holmes

Security, Asia

In home water, no. Far away, for sure. One of the world's top naval experts explains.

No. And Yes. Should the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) consummate its maritime strategic aims, aircraft carriers might well be superfluous for defense of the Western Pacific and China seas. But that’s a feature in Chinese fleet design, not a bug. Carrier task forces unneeded for local defense are available to carry the Chinese flag into faraway demesnes, projecting influence far...

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