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
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

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
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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