Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Usage of PLAN Aircraft Carrier

We see many articles in the West about PLAN's rapid growth and the possibilities of the future Aircraft Carriers. There have been a lot of questions in the west about how China might use the new hardware. If this recent OpEd on Global Times is any indication, the discussion on this has not finished in China either.

In this piece, he started off by saying that China currently does not have a battling US for sea control, nor will it have it in the future. And if US keeps regarding China as its enemy in the Pacific Ocean, then that will bring calamity to the world.

He says that overt usage of Chinese navy in solving regional territorial issues or teaching US a small lesson may bring a stronger sense of national strength in the short run, but would result in anti-Chinese sentiment across the world. It will only end up scaring the neighbors. So, the usage of aircraft carrier must be careful. He also mentions that China should use carriers to strengthen the nation's soft power through indirectly diffusing crisis around the world. China cannot achieve sea supremacy over US in the near future, not should it. It should increase national strength through all avenues. There is no reason for China not to have an aircraft carrier given its position as the only UN P5 nation to not have one. The question is how China can make the world feel more at ease about having carriers.

I think the most important part to note is that I really see no desire in Chinese public or even in the military for worldwide domination. Over the past few years, it is sensing a rapid growth in its national stature, so it is acting more boldly on international issues rather than being withdrawn. China has always claimed South China Sea as part of its sovereignty. It is only voicing these claims more loudly now that it is the world's second largest economy.

11 comments:

家則治則治則治瑋 said...

嘿,你的部落格不錯哦!............................................................

J said...

While China may not see itself as an enemy, it clearly is. It consistently sides with North Korea, Iran and any other nation at odds with the US. It is done simply to counter US influence. I understand why China would do this. The PLA can not, however have it both ways. If the Chinese are constantly going to confront the US in the UN and continue to trade with Iran, the US must consider China an enemy. From China's perspective, I would feel the same about the US as well. As China continues to emerge, there will much more friction, not less.

J said...

While China may not see itself as an enemy, it clearly is. It consistently sides with North Korea, Iran and any other nation at odds with the US. It is done simply to counter US influence. I understand why China would do this. The PLA can not, however have it both ways. If the Chinese are constantly going to confront the US in the UN and continue to trade with Iran, the US must consider China an enemy. From China's perspective, I would feel the same about the US as well. As China continues to emerge, there will much more friction, not less.

Wen said...

Interestingly nobody has paid much attention to Taiwan (at least ROCN) in this regard, who may feel most strongly about it than anyone else.

o the bitter sweet rivalry :D

敬周喜 said...

世間事沒有一樣沒有困難,只要有信心去做,至少可以做出一些成績。..................................................

valbonne said...

It is impossible for China to be a threat to USA? Yet, it is USA a threat to China. American naval exercise in the Yellow Sea and the coming exercise with Vietnam. What do America trying to proof? "USA IS TELLING CHINA THAT USA IS THE ONLY SUPERPOWER AND USA IS THE BOSS. THERE IS NOTHING CHINA CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT". But, USA & her Allies are telling the world China is a threat to everybody.

Why is the Western Power like to impose such a dominating role in this world!!

Remember Julius Ceasar said "I COME, I SEE & I CONQUER". THIS IS WESTERN UNCURABLE PSYCHE, THAT THEY HAVE THE GOD GIVEN RIGHT TO CONQUER EVERYBODY. What does this really mean on this very Western believe?
1) I COME: Westerners have the right to go to any countryas they like. 2) I SEE: I observe, I spy, I assess on your strength & weakness and the the timing of invasion & colonisiation. 3) I CONQUER: The West have the God-given right to invade or destroy any country whether physically, economically or financially. Another excuse is that to defend their puppet regimes being threaten by attacking their targeted country.

China have experience this during the OPIUM WAR and the whole Chinese economy was destroyed. China was subjected to every Western Power invasion including the destruction of China Imperial Summer Palace. On the raising of China's present economy, the West will never allow China to take her place in this world. A simple thing like the Olympic Run in 2008, the Western Powers gang up against China by using the Tibetians to do their dirty jobs to insult & down-grade China. The Western Powers will continue to use the Tibetians & Xinjiang Muslims to undermine China in years to come. The West will never allow a non-Western Power to take their place in this world. That is why the West will continue to dominate the world and it is they who like to create enemies for China.

Jiang said...

valbonne, you are right. But remember. We Chinese are SMARTER than the western men think. They want us to play their game but we Chinese men will not!!!!

Right now they are the one who is getting OWNED, look at their encomony and American war.

Be patient, time will come and Chinese will prevail.


:)

We are the sons of the Dragons!

麗王王珠 said...

Subtlety is better than force. ......................................................................

Koh said...

Hi Jiang
The Malay has two words "Sabar Menanti" meaning wait patiently. China using patient and subtleties will sure prevail in the end. We must follow the stupid Japanese action in World War II. No matter how powerful a county maybe they cannot sustain various wars for many years. They will get exhausted and become financially bankrupt. America is the most warlike and barbaric nation on earth since they became a nation. You may be around to see that happen but sadly not for me. The most important thing is that China must not act rashly like the stupid Japanese did in World War II. They are still acting stupidly financing USA in their war by hosting military bases against the wishes of they own people. I also observe that you are now more patient and it is good for China need all the good men and women for the future growth and betterment of the country

Koh said...

Hi Jiang
Sorry for the many errors in my posting and therefore beg your indulgence to correctly read my posting.

8468 said...

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