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Next stop South China Sea? China’s 1st aircraft carrier ‘ready for combat’

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hile noting that “it is unlikely that the carrier will be ready for high-tempo combat operations anytime soon for a number of reasons (e.g., lack of adequate pilot training, lack of escort ships, lack of operational range, etc.),” Franz-Stefan Gady at The Diplomat said the carrier could be used for a variety of uses: “regional missions including humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations, training exercises and —more worrisome — operations in the South China Sea to assert China’s territorial claims.”
9 months ago
Lucas Niewenhuis
By Lucas Niewenhuis
Lucas Niewenhuis is an associate editor at SupChina who helps curate daily news and produce the company's newsletter, app, and website content. Previously, Lucas researched China-Africa relations at the Social Science Research Council and interned at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has studied Chinese language and culture in Shanghai and Beijing, and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
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