Thursday, March 2, 2017

Will We Soon Be Seeing The Chinese Navy In The Atlantic?

Chinese and U.S. navies hold first-ever joint exercise in the Atlantic, on the southeast region of Mayport in Florida, United States, November 7, 2015. [Photo:]

Lyle J. Goldstein, National Interest: Beijing at Sea: Is China Crafting an Atlantic Maritime Strategy?

Chinese strategists suggest that the country's focus on the Atlantic has been insufficient.

One of the unintended consequences of pushing hard against Chinese claims in the South China Sea and the East China Sea (including Taiwan) is that these contested zones have given major impetus to China’s growing maritime ethos. What was once a rather far-fetched and controversial idea—the notion that China might build an aircraft carrier—has now morphed over time into the ultimate symbol of China’s re-rise. Now the only question is when the People’s Liberation Army Navy will have something that looks less like a Russian “starter” carrier and more like a Nimitz-class nuclear carrier with all the trimmings.

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WNU Editor: I give it another 10 more years before we see a major Chinese naval presence in the Atlantic.


RussInSoCal said...

The absence of friendly ports in which to refuel and re-arm - and the associated logistical streams - is going to be the Achilles Heel of the PLAN for many years.

Aizino Smith said...

I hope the Chinese are in the Atlantic.