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How China’s new aircraft carrier can help get Beijing’s political messages across

Michal Thim Michal Thim / Ed. 14. 5. 2017
How China’s new aircraft carrier can help get Beijing’s political messages across
photo REUTERS/LAN HONGGUANG/XINHUA Čínský prezident Si Ťin-Pching

Michal Thim says the Type 001A aircraft carrier will not be a game changer for the PLA Navy in military terms, but could excel in the role of carrying Beijing’s foreign policy

When China in 2012 put into service its refurbished Soviet-era aircraft carrier the Liaoning, it was apparent that if the People’s Liberation Army was serious about aircraft carrier capability, more vessels would follow. The launch of its first domestically built aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, is a step in that direction.

Originally published: How China’s new aircraft carrier can help get Beijing’s political messages across

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