China’s home-built Type 001A is its second aircraft carrier. Photo: Weibo

China will build 4 nuclear aircraft carriers in drive to catch US Navy, experts say

  • Beijing expected to have at least six aircraft carrier battle groups by 2035 after it prioritised modernising its navy
  • Nuclear-powered carriers thought to be equipped with electromagnetic launch catapults similar to those of the US
Topic |   China military

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China’s home-built Type 001A is its second aircraft carrier. Photo: Weibo
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.

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Guo Rui

Guo Rui is a China reporter covering elite politics, domestic policies, environmental protection, civil society, and social movement. She is also a documentary filmmaker, recording modern Chinese history and social issues through film.