China has built the world’s largest navy. Now what’s Beijing going to do with it?

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Hong Kong (CNN)In 2018, Chinese President Xi Jinping donned military fatigues and boarded a People’s Liberation Army Navy destroyer in the South China Sea.

Spread out before him that April day was the largest flotilla Communist-ruled China had ever put to sea at one time, 48 ships, dozens of fighter jets, more than 10,000 military personnel.

For Xi, the country’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, the day was a way point to a grand ambition — a force that would show China’s greatness and power across the world’s seven oceans.

“The task of building a powerful navy has never been as urgent as it is today,” Xi said that day.

China was already in the midst of a shipbuilding spree like few the world has ever seen. In 2015, Xi undertook a sweeping project to turn the PLA into a world-class fighting force, the peer of the United States military. He had ordered investments in shipyards and technology that continue at pace today.

By at least one measurement, Xi’s plan has worked. At some point between 2015 and today, China has assembled the world’s largest naval force. And now it’s working to make it formidable far from its shores.

China was already in the midst of a shipbuilding spree like few the world has ever seen. In 2015, Xi undertook a sweeping project to turn the PLA into a world-class fighting force, the peer of the United States military. He had ordered investments in shipyards and technology that continue at pace today.

By at least one measurement, Xi’s plan has worked. At some point between 2015 and today, China has assembled the world’s largest naval force. And now it’s working to make it formidable far from its shores.  read more…

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/05/china/china-world-biggest-navy-intl-hnk-ml-dst/index.html

 

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Mihail, now I am going to give my opinion rather than quote Pepe. 99% of the info regarding China, organ harvesting, welding people into their homes, genocide against the Uyghurs is the U.S. Security State information war, mobilizing the U.S. public into a new Cold War.
    Is China repressive? yes.
    How much so? – I don’t know because the people we rely on are liars.

    Why don’t we hear about the terrible things about Saudi Arabia or Israel or how the Baltic States repress the Russian minority? = because it is not in our political interests. But once we focus on an enemy, they are not just bad, they become Nazi Germany 1943. Seriously, why do we fall for this over and over again. Ohhh… the incubator babies.

  2. If we think of each ship as a weapons platform–as my weapons engineer friends insist we should–then China’s margin of superiority is multiplied.

    Most PLAN warships carry more missiles than their USN counterparts and all PLAN missiles outrange ours, often by 50%-100%. Being more modern in design, I’m guessing that they’re also more accurate. And given China’s lead in physical chemistry, that each one packs a bigger punch.

    • I sure hope “Israel” doesn’t get any wild ideas about starting a war with China, be it false-flag, or first-strike. You know who they’ll expect to save THEM.

  3. Here is an analysis by Pepe Escobar of Asia times, I’m linking it through ‘the Saker’ to bypass the paywall. http://thesaker.is/the-shape-of-things-to-come-in-china/
    It mentions China’s navy but talks about China’s global intentions in general. His conclusion (summarizing), China believes in prosperity for all and rejects the U.S. concept of a zero sum game. Xi has concluded that the U.S. and west will never accept China as a world power unless it has a world class navy.

  4. “Largest” in term of tonnage or as to the number of weapon-carrying ships? Or both?
    Anyhow, the good news are that these are NEW vessels!

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