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No surprise of Chinese aircraft carrier's roles

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

03-04-2016 11:53 BJT

By Han Xudong, professor, Strategy Department, National Defense University

Since China had launched an aircraft carrier, the outside world has paid much attention to its purpose. Beijing's first aircraft carrier was named, "Liaoning" to be used for training and scientific research purposes. Recently, China had officially released news on building indigenous aircraft carriers, which have sparked surprise from the public.

In fact, any aircraft carrier cannot act independently without forming a fleet, which is true for China as well. The aircraft carrier is a moving water platform, which is useless if there are no other weapons to match up with it. Accordingly, China's first indigenous aircraft carrier will form its own fleet.

Militarily, the aircraft carrier can be used for attack and defense. It also serves in times of peace and war. When Beijing's aircraft carrier comes into service, it will follow a defensive national defense policy.

The aircraft carrier is a strategic equipment and plays roles in deterrence. Since China sticks to a defensive national defense posture, it reflects that the Chinese aircraft carrier is mainly used for peace-keeping.

Over the past years, Japan has illegally nationalized the Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands, which are China's inherent territory. Some ASEAN countries, including the Philippines and Vietnam, have illegally encroached on China's Nansha islands.

Meanwhile under the banner of "navigation freedom," Washington had frequently violated Beijing's South China Sea rights and interests to instigate geo-political turmoil.

Consequently, Beijing has decided to develop an aircraft carrier and fleet to maintain its sovereignty, maritime rights and interests. The aircraft carrier has a powerful long-distance action capability. Statistics from the Ministry of Commerce disclosed that China's overseas visits had reached over 120 million in 2015.

China's non-financial direct investments have covered 6,532 enterprises in 155 countries and regions. It is necessary to protect overseas Chinese's safety and legal interests, as well as its large overseas assets.

In March 2015, China had deployed three warships to evacuate overseas Chinese from Yemen due to an intense security situation in the country. The full load displacement of three warships stood at 38,000 tons, while displacement of the "Liaoning" aircraft carrier is 47,000 tons.

It is much more convenient to use an aircraft carrier to evacuate overseas Chinese. Currently, there are more than 50 million Chinese residing and working abroad. It is a heavy workload to protect their safety and interests. It is the purpose for Beijing to develop an aircraft carrier to play active roles in non-war actions.


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