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Global Network reporter Li Zongze reported, according to U.S. World News Network May 14, 2007, U.S. Navy CNO Roughead (Gary Roughead ) 13 that the Navy should increase cooperation with the Chinese navy. He also said that the construction of aircraft carriers is not difficult, the problem in the construction of the intent, he will use the carrier of Chinese intentions curious.
Roughead 13th of this month at a conservative think tank in Washington, “Heritage Foundation” and challenges on the future of the U.S. Navy to speak. Questions after the meeting he said the United States and the sustainable development of China is indeed concerned about the increase in submarine force; the same time, the U.S. submarine is shrinking. Roughead said the Chinese economy continues to grow, making China the ability to increase naval submarines and other ships of the force. However, the submarine is not the ability to compare one to one relationship, he did not continue the development of China’s submarine force and increasing feel nervous. He said the U.S. Navy anti-submarine are strong, and ongoing investment in capacity on submarines.
Roughead emphasized the importance to exchanges with the Chinese navy to increase cooperation with the Chinese navy. In 2012, the Chinese could deploy the first aircraft carrier, Roughead replied with an aircraft carrier is one thing; but the use of aircraft carriers is another matter. Roughead emphasized that the operation of an aircraft carrier is very complex, the United States spent nearly 70 years to reach today’s level.
Roughead said, have the ability to build aircraft carriers, the issue is intent. He told the Chinese how, where and are curious about what you plan to use aircraft carriers, want to know.
U.S. Navy has 11 carrier battle groups. Sought to streamline the combat capability of the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was asked earlier this month, the next 30 years the United States really need to maintain 11 aircraft carriers in the preparation, this question aroused considerable attention.
for U.S. Navy aircraft carrier battle group is prepared to reduce the problem, Roughead said, Gates has said was not to reduce the carrier battle groups. Roughead said that Secretary Gates means the U.S. is facing economic challenges, funding priority must be to make some decisions. Roughead emphasized that aircraft carrier battle group is an extension of sovereignty, has great significance and combat capability.