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China's Naval Modernization and Implications for the United States   [open pdf - 904KB]

"In the late 1980s, China began a modernization program to transform the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy from a coastal force into a technologically-advanced regional navy. China's acquisition of platforms, weapons, and systems has emphasized qualitative improvements, not quantitative growth, and centered on improving its ability to strike opposing ships at sea and operate at greater distances from the Chinese mainland. The PLA Navy has made significant progress, particularly since the late 1990s. Today, it is able to conduct high intensity operations in China's immediate periphery and carry out low intensity operations around the world. Trends in China's defense spending, research and development, and shipbuilding suggest the PLA Navy will continue to modernize through at least 2020. China's increasingly advanced and adaptive naval capabilities -- many of which appear to be designed to restrict U.S. freedom of action throughout the Western Pacific -- could undermine U.S. interests and security in the region."

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2013-08-26
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U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission: http://origin.www.uscc.gov/
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