PLA Navy personnel are saluted by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte as he tours a Chinese navy flotilla that docked in Davao City on a four-day goodwill visit, on May 1. Photo: EPA

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

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

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PLA Navy personnel are saluted by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte as he tours a Chinese navy flotilla that docked in Davao City on a four-day goodwill visit, on May 1. Photo: EPA
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Michal Thim

Michal Thim

Michal Thim is a Taiwan analyst at the Prague-based think tank, Association for International Affairs (AMO), and a member of the Centre for International Maritime Security with a research focus on cross-strait relations, and East and Southeast Asian regional politics and security. Michal was director of the AMO Research Centre from July 2007 until August 2010. He studied in the Asia-Pacific Studies programme at the National Chengchi University (Taiwan) in 2010-2012 and returned to Taiwan in 2014 as a visiting researcher in the Taiwan Fellowship programme.