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China hoping to have four aircraft carriers in operation by 2030

  • January 1, 2018
  • , Sankei
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Monday’s Sankei gave top coverage to the disclosure by a Chinese military source that the PLA Navy is aiming to have four aircraft carrier strike groups in operation by 2030 by expediting the construction of aircraft carriers, two of which might be nuclear-powered. Projecting that most of the envisaged carrier strike groups will be assigned to the South Sea Fleet that covers the South China Sea, the daily said that the deployment of four aircraft carriers by the Chinese could upset the military balance in the Indo-Pacific region. 

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