(Great Power War) We know that the Chinese navy has been dabbling in the development of aircraft carriers, first with the purchase and refurbishment of an unfinished Soviet-era carrier followed by the construction of a domestically-built ship.
But wanting to develop and field modern carrier strike groups and actually being able to do so are two different things.
As we have noted, China’s newest carrier, the Shandong, put to sea this month for trials, with aims to dominate regional and even global rivals, according to domestic media.
However, the Chinese government has a number of hurdles to overcome, not the least of which is due to two things: The Trump-induced trade war and a lack of technology.
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