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China to build six aircraft carriers by 2020

Two type 054A missile frigates and two type 051C missile destroyers at aircraft carrier port. Source: mil.huanqiu.com

Two type 054A missile frigates and two type 051C missile destroyers at aircraft carrier port. Source: mil.huanqiu.com

Elite Reference magazine says in its report Frigates of Chinese aircraft carrier battle group secretly assembled at the military port for aircraft carriers, “The Soviet aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk, though failed to be commissioned, leaves experience and lessons which may provide China reference in China’s pursuit of nuclear aircraft carriers.”

I have revealed in my posts that China’s first aircraft carrier the Liaoning has recently set sail for the sea for training, especially landing and taking-off of aircrafts on it, and that China has begun research projects for the development of its own nuclear aircraft carriers.

Please refer to my posts: “China: Aircraft Carrier Sets Out for Landing and Taking-off Training on the Sea” on June 12 and “China: PLA on course for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers” on February 22”.

Elite Reference magazine says, “There has been analysis that China will carry out its plan for aircraft carrier construction by stages. At the first stage, four conventional carriers will be built; while at the second stage, at least two nuclear carriers will be built. They are expected to be delivered to Chinese navy around 2020.”

It says that according to Hong Kong’s Asia & Pacific Defence Quarterly, the Soviet Union completed the design of its nuclear aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk, which was dismantled halfway in construction due to lack of funds. However, they had already completed building two of its four nuclear reactors by that time.

The magazine is of the opinion that China cannot obtain technical information about a nuclear aircraft carrier from the West. However,  Russia and Ukraine, where the Ulyanovsk was built, can teach China how to build a nuclear aircraft carrier based on their experience in building the Ulyanovsk.

China will certainly want such expertise from them. As both Russia and Ukraine are under economic pressure and have strategic demands, it is very difficult for a third party to prevent the two countries from providing China with assistance.

Source: Elite Reference “Frigates of Chinese aircraft carrier battle group secretly assembled at the military port for aircraft carriers” (summary and excerpts translated from Chinese by Chan Kai Yee)

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


9 thoughts on “China to build six aircraft carriers by 2020

  1. We’ll see about the new carriers. The truth is that China would lose in any attempt to build local carrier superiority, between the Japanese (who now building helicopter carriers, foreshadowing their willingness and ability to build larger carriers), the Americans and the Indians. This could be a very expensive arms race all around, and in the end, China’s one real overseas strategic interest, the trade routes between Africa and the Malacca Strait, will be no less vulnerable than they ever were.


    Posted by beyonddefence | June 18, 2013, 1:02 am
  2. China is doing great, they will soon be a super power of the world


    Posted by Adam ahmed sheriff | June 19, 2013, 6:30 pm
  3. Highly unlikely that they will have 6 new carriers by 2020. China is only right now learning to even use one singular carrier but this story would lead you to believe that they will have 6 more by 2020. It takes the US quite some time to build just one but China is going to have 6 new ones in 8 yrs., not realistic.


    Posted by sickunclesam | June 21, 2013, 1:21 am


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