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China seeks to increase its naval power to counter the US

China seeks to increase its naval power to counter the US 0

China seeks to increase its naval power to counter the US

The Liaoning aircraft carrier group trained in 2016. Photo: Reuters.

China is strengthening the South Sea Fleet to counter US activities in the East Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The US Navy said on November 15 that two aircraft carrier battle groups, USS Ronald Reagan and USS John C. Stennis, were rehearsing in the eastern sea of the Philippines.

`Beijing is actively modernizing its military comprehensively, but the Chinese navy’s capabilities are still far behind the US,` said SCMP writer Liu Zhen.

The 7th Fleet, permanently stationed in Japan, can quickly deploy the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group with 12 warships, including 7 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, three Ticonderoga-class cruisers and 75 aircraft.

The 7th Fleet also possesses more than 10 nuclear submarines, 4 heavy amphibious ships, 16-20 reconnaissance aircraft and 4 minesweepers.

China seeks to increase its naval power to counter the US

US and Japanese warships and aircraft conducted exercises near China in early November. Photo: US Navy.

`China commissioned about 44 new surface ships in the period 2016-2017, divided equally among the three fleets. This will fill the capacity gap of the South Sea Fleet, allowing Beijing to maintain its presence.

China’s South Sea Fleet owns more than 80 warships, including 12 destroyers, 33 missile corvettes, two submarine squadrons and 20 amphibious ships.

China has only commissioned the Liaoning aircraft carrier, it is mainly on training missions and is in the process of maintenance.

The Chinese J-15 fighter has better flight range and maneuverability than the US F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, but the weapon load is significantly limited due to the ski jump design.

Beijing also faces a shortage of human resources.

China seeks to increase its naval power to counter the US

The US aircraft carrier operated in the Pacific in the middle of this year.

Vu Anh

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