A pilot based on the Liaoning is seen during a training exercise. China is facing a shortage of trained naval aviators. Photo: Handout

Pilot shortages could ground China’s plans to develop combat-ready carrier fleet

  • The country’s second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, officially entered service this month, but bottlenecks in training could hamper the navy’s effectiveness
  • Plans to build and launch more modern warships mean the need for fully trained pilots will only grow
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A pilot based on the Liaoning is seen during a training exercise. China is facing a shortage of trained naval aviators. Photo: Handout
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Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.