This One Thing Could Make China An Aircraft Carrier Superpower

Zachary Keck
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Zachary Keck

Security, Asia

Nuclear powered carriers?

This One Thing Could Make China An Aircraft Carrier Superpower

China currently has two aircraft carriers and is widely believed to be building at least one more.

Beijing appears to be eyeing a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), a state-owned firm and the largest naval manufacturer in the country, recently expressed interest in accelerating its research into nuclear-powered carriers, among other military technologies. In a statement issued at the end of last month, CSIC said that it plans to “speed up the process of making technological breakthroughs in nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, new-type nuclear submarines, quiet submarines, maritime unmanned intelligent confrontation systems, maritime three-dimensional offensive and defensive systems, and naval warfare comprehensive electronic information systems.”

Defense News, which translated a copy of the statement, also quoted CSIC as saying “that these breakthroughs are required for China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, to enhance its capability to globally operate in line with the service’s aim to become a networked, blue-water navy by 2025.”

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