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PLA Navy aims to build a maritime power

03-11-2014 21:36 BJT Special Report: 2014 NPC & CPPCC Sessions |

The last decade has seen a major shift for China's Navy, from coastal defense to taking on greater responsibilities in the deep sea. Blue water training will be stepped up as the PLA navy builds a stronger maritime force for protecting the country's interests. CCTV reporter Han Bin finds out how the People’s Liberation Army Navy is meeting the challenges.

Sailing in the open seas is a real test for navies of all nations. And for China's naval forces, the test is even more challenging.

Executive Officer Shi Lei has served in four of China’s escort missions in the Gulf of Aden. He says the unique experience helps crews gain confidence in blue-water operations.

“It's important for Chinese naval officers and soldiers to go afar to the deep sea, to expand their visions and raise their capabilities,” said Shi Lei, executive officer of FFG Xuzhou, East Sea Fleet.

Blue water missions and training have become part of the PLA routine. The Navy is speeding up its modernization as it builds a stronger maritime force. Senior Captain Cao Weidong believes deep sea training gives the best practice for actual combat situations.

"China's development is more and more dependent on the sea. China is increasingly concerned about the safety of its sea lanes. The Navy needs not only offshore defense capabilities, but also defense operational capabilities in the oceans," said senior captain Cao Weidong, Naval Research Institute, PLA navy.

Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo says the navy is undergoing a profound transformation. The admiral is also member of the national political advisory body. Over the years, his proposals have focused on China’s maritime rights. He believes any future battles are most likely to take place at sea.

During an inspection last year, President Xi Jinping called for building a strong maritime power. Leaders in Beijing believe the military must strengthen its role to protect the nation’s core interests.

The last decade has seen a major shift for China's navy, from coastal defense only, to taking on greater responsibilities in the deep sea. The country is increasingly concerned about the safety of its sea lanes and the security of development. As the PLA navy speeds up its process of modernization, China’s hopes of becoming a major maritime power are drawing nearer.

When Shi Lei joined the navy a decade ago, he didn't expect to travel so far. Today, his hopes for its future are as wide as the ocean. And he is confident that one day, the PLA Navy can take on any mission on the open sea.

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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