2nd aircraft carrier boosts China’s defense ability

CHINA

The Shandong (hull 17), China’s second aircraft carrier as well as its first domestically built one, was commissioned Tuesday afternoon into the People’s Liberation Army Navy in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province. This marks China’s entry into an era of dual aircraft carriers and home-built aircraft carriers. China’s comprehensive national defense strength has taken another great step forward.

China’s
defense strength is rapidly rising with advancing modernization, while it still
lags behind the world’s first-class military power. Such a period seemingly
will last for a quite long time. How would China use its military power? This
will attract the world’s attention and also needs China to mull over. The
development of equipment such as aircraft carriers is not aimed at dealing with
its surroundings. China’s existing weaponry has been enough to constitute
deterrence.

The
country’s aircraft carriers are not intended to provoke the US. If it were the
goal, China in the foreseeable future would always be at a disadvantage and
face strategic risks. Developing strategic military capabilities is an
indispensable part of China’s comprehensive development. If a major power is
strong in economy but weak in military, it will entice impulsive actions of
outside forces with peace in jeopardy.

Two
mind-sets are behind the “China threat” theory. For one, small
countries are afraid of being threatened by China. Such a mentality will
gradually diminish as China continues to demonstrate its will for peace. For
another, the superpower has a mentality that fears China would challenge its
hegemony. The second mind-set tends to last longer.

Although
China’s dual aircraft carriers are high-performing in Asia, they are still far
from the world first-class level. China cannot match the US in terms of nuclear
power, naval and air forces, alliance as well as overseas base systems. China
is impossible to launch a challenge to the US. China’s development only
“threatens” the ability of a few radical US elites to arbitrarily
coerce China. Because the stronger China’s military is, the greater the risks
the US will face when it imposes irrational pressure on China. Such risks are
increasingly becoming unbearable to the US.

The Chinese
people sincerely long for peace. Peaceful development is not only our good
faith, but also the best choice for China’s own interests. This is not a
slogan. The history of the rise of major powers shows that China has no other
choice than to get along with the outside world and maximize its own interests
through expanded cooperation and win-win results.

The advent
of scientific and technological achievements, as well as strategic military
equipment has greatly inspired the Chinese people. But at the same time,
Chinese society has maintained sobriety. We know that we have acquired more
resources to ensure peaceful development and would not be easily strategically
coerced. 

International
public opinion will pay great attention to the commissioning of the new
aircraft carrier. It’s hoped the outside world would view the ship from a
positive perspective. China, the second-largest economy in the world, has also
become strong militarily. This is a positive change for world peace, not the
other way around.

China
adopts a national defense strategy that is purely defensive in nature. The
addition of a domestically-built aircraft carrier has strengthened China’s
defense, but it will not be used for overseas expedition.

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