China's aircraft carriers have a boatload of glaring weaknesses — but the next carrier could be a 'huge step forward'

Business Insider | 7/7/2017 | Ryan Pickrell
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The capabilities of China's current carrier force are severely limited by several serious weaknesses, making it vastly inferior to the US Navy, but the one it has in the works is where the world could start to see the Chinese navy closing the gap with its primary competitor.

China only has one aircraft carrier — the Type 001 Liaoning — in service. But that carrier, known as the sister ship of Russia's Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier, recognized as one of the worst carrier's in the world, is "not very impressive," said Matthew Funaiole, a fellow with the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Originally a Soviet "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser," China obtained the vessel from the Ukraine under questionable circumstances in the late 1990s, upgraded and refitted it domestically over the next decade, and officially commissioned it into the People's Liberation Army Navy in 2012.

China declared the carrier combat ready in November 2016, according to a CSIS China Power Project report. While the ship has participated in and led live-fire exercises,...
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