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Chinese sailors of the Changbai Shan, a Yuzhao-class amphibious transport dock, Portsmouth, U.K., Jan. 12, 2015 (U.K. Ministry of Defence photo).

China’s Naval Modernization: Where Is It Headed?

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Editor’s note: This article is one of three briefings on Chinas rise and its implications for U.S. regional and global interests, coinciding with an upcoming panel, in collaboration with WPR, at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs on Feb. 17-19 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The first, on Chinas global economic ambitions, appeared Monday; the third, on China’s cyber strategy, will appear Friday.

The past two years have seen impressive advances in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy’s capabilities. In 2015, China revealed that it had begun building its second aircraft carrier and that it had begun its first submarine nuclear deterrent patrols. Breaking past convention against military bases in other countries, China last year announced that arrangements had been made for its first military support base abroad, in Djibouti. ...

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