China will end up with four carriers under the current plans. Photo:ifeng

Chinese navy set to build fourth aircraft carrier, but plans for a more advanced ship are put on hold

  • Military sources say that work on a second Type 002 ship - the most advanced homegrown vessel – could start within two years
  • Plans to develop more modern nuclear-powered vessel appear to have been put on ice due to financial and technical constraints
Topic |   China military

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China will end up with four carriers under the current plans. Photo:ifeng
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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.