Japanese Expert: China has only a matter of time before the aircraft carrier (Figure)
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Hong Kong, “Asia Times,” May 6 article, the original question: China’s aircraft carrier, let them have it — China has an aircraft carrier is not an “if “problem, but a” when “. China has bought three Soviet-made construction and an aircraft carrier in Australia, which won the opportunity to study the structure of the aircraft carrier. Which one is the “Kuznetsov” was now a park in Dalian shipyard. “Kuznetsov” was not the engine, can not be used as China’s first aircraft carrier, but it for research and training purposes. There are rumors that China bought from Russia Su-33 carrier aircraft, China has in the Ukraine at the Naval Air Training Center training pilots. In addition, China has been since 1987 in Guangzhou, a Naval Academy training aircraft captain.
carrier not be used for fighting. In addition to carrier-based aircraft, but also include the need to form a combat ships, submarines and supply ships and other ships, including combat brigade. In short, ownership, maintenance and manipulation of an aircraft carrier will cost an astronomical amount of money and a lot of time.
why China is not the trouble to build aircraft carriers do? First, the carrier is a big country with a proof, or the symbol of prestige. Secondly, it can affect the balance of the South China Sea region of combat power, China and several Southeast Asian countries in the South China Sea territorial disputes have. Without a strong military force for coastal countries, China’s aircraft carrier will be a major threat. China has built strategic nuclear submarine base on Hainan Island, the aircraft carrier in the South China Sea as a “no entry areas” will play a role. Third, protection by the South China Sea through the Strait of Malacca has been from the Indian Ocean sea routes, especially to prevent a naval blockade against China will become possible. Finally, large-scale disaster occurs, the carrier can be used for rescue.
that we should be worried? Not necessary. First, the development and deployment of aircraft and associated equipment will take decades for all time. Second, the cost of the implementation of this project is not only a huge cost. When the delivery capacity of China’s development, countries in the region are likely to remain vigilant on China’s intentions.
Third, China is by no means a carrier strike group rival their U.S. counterparts. The United States is the only carrier with the ability to manipulate the highest level of state machine, and it can be deployed in the world up to 11 similar aircraft carrier strike group.
Although the military balance in the Taiwan Strait has been overwhelmingly tend to mainland China, but China has a carrier will not significantly affect the military balance. In fact, the attacks from the sea east of Taiwan, China will become the U.S. carrier’s objectives, and aircraft carriers vulnerable to precision-guided missiles, attack submarines and mines. And, in order to build an aircraft carrier strike group, China needs to give up some of the submarines and anti-ship missile R & D projects.
China has the full right to have aircraft carriers, aircraft carriers from the days of China has perhaps not too far away. Although the international community should not over-react to this, it is necessary to pay attention to China’s progress and respond.
Chinese navy has just celebrated the 60th anniversary. Today, mainland China is standing at the crossroads of power and sea power. While other Navy ships with less power to perform more tasks in order to maintain the coastal sea routes remain open, the Chinese military buildup is in. They oceans as highways, China is treated as a barrier. Have aircraft carriers for the safety of Chinese decision-makers the opportunity to choose the right path. If you do not, will lead to other maritime power stringent countermeasures. We do not deal with China’s progress in the region fear. ▲ (author Tetsuo Kotani Japan Ocean Policy Research Foundation fellow, Chen translation)
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