The Liaoning, the first of China’s two aircraft carriers, is set to be joined by several more aircraft carrier strike groups, requiring the navy to maintain the right numbers of ships. Photo: AFP The Liaoning, the first of China’s two aircraft carriers, is set to be joined by several more aircraft carrier strike groups, requiring the navy to maintain the right numbers of ships. Photo: AFP
The Liaoning, the first of China’s two aircraft carriers, is set to be joined by several more aircraft carrier strike groups, requiring the navy to maintain the right numbers of ships. Photo: AFP

China’s aircraft carriers: can PLA strike a balance to compete with US?

  • As the People’s Liberation Army Navy expands its fleet, maintaining the right numbers of ships is a vital consideration strategically and to control cost
  • Beijing plans further aircraft carrier strike groups, so it needs numbers of aircraft carriers and submarines to keep pace with those of surface warships

Topic |   China’s military
The Liaoning, the first of China’s two aircraft carriers, is set to be joined by several more aircraft carrier strike groups, requiring the navy to maintain the right numbers of ships. Photo: AFP The Liaoning, the first of China’s two aircraft carriers, is set to be joined by several more aircraft carrier strike groups, requiring the navy to maintain the right numbers of ships. Photo: AFP
The Liaoning, the first of China’s two aircraft carriers, is set to be joined by several more aircraft carrier strike groups, requiring the navy to maintain the right numbers of ships. Photo: AFP
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