China's Aircraft Carrier Program

Drivers, Developments, Implications

Published in: Naval War College Review, v. 69, no. 4, Autumn 2015, p. 65-79

Posted on RAND.org on June 28, 2016

by Andrew Scobell, Michael McMahon, Cortez A. Cooper III

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This paper examines first the drivers, the operational capabilities, and then the future trajectory of China's carrier program. We evaluate the implications of the carrier program for the balance of maritime power in the western Pacific and beyond.

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