Friday, August 5, 2011

The alarming growth of the Chinese navy

Japan expressed, August 2, concern about the maritime expansion of China to the Pacific and "opacity" of its military budget. In its annual report on the defense, the Japanese Ministry of Defense states that China, "given the recent modernization of its air and naval forces" will expand its operations in South China Sea, in the East China Sea and Pacific Ocean.

Yet Beijing confirmed Wednesday, July 27 she called into a carrier state of Soviet design purchased from Ukraine, the Varyag, and, according to sources close to the government, it would have taken the parallel construction of two more bears aircraft, Chinese design. They are ideal means to project power on distant theaters of operation.

These recent developments only confirm the continued expansion of the Chinese navy. For many years it was relegated to the background. The establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949 until the 1980s, Beijing was mainly interested in protecting its coast vis-à-vis a possible invasion.

The question remains as to what China will do by its naval power.

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