World War II really ushered in the era of aircraft carriers as being a major military weapon.
For many years since World War II, the United States had the world’s greatest aircraft carrier force.
That all began to change during the reign of Barack Obama when he cut defense spending to point that several of America’s aircraft carriers were forced to remain home.
In the meantime, China has been on a ship building blitz that has produced over 100 warships in the past decade.
With the push for more warships, it’s reported that China is testing their second aircraft carrier and that two more are near completion, leading some to wonder if they intend to be world’s naval leader.
(National Interest) – The People’s Liberation Army Navy carrier fleet is a rapidly growing force shaping up to be a powerful, flexible tool of statecraft and war.
The People’s Liberation Army Navy—more commonly known outside of China as the Chinese Navy—is modernizing at a breakneck pace. Chinese shipbuilders have built more than one hundred warships in the past decade, a build rate outstripping the mighty U.S. Navy. Most importantly, China now has two aircraft carriers—Liaoning and a second ship under sea trials—and a third and possibly fourth ship under construction. With such a massive force under construction it’s worth asking: where does PLA naval aviation go from here?
For most of its modern history China has been the target of aircraft carriers, not an owner of one. The Imperial Japanese Navy’s carriers conducted strikes on the Chinese mainland in support of ground campaigns in the 1930s, strikes that went a long way toward honing the service’s legendary naval aviation record. U.S. naval power protected nationalist Chinese forces at the end of the Chinese Civil War, and U.S. Navy carriers conducted airstrikes on Chinese “volunteers” during the Korean War. In 1996 during the Third Taiwan Crisis, the United States deployed a carrier battle group near Taiwan as a sign of support against Chinese military actions. It could be fairly said that aircraft carriers made a significant impression on China…
One has to wonder if this is a repeat of history with an ironic twist.
The last time an East-Asian nation built up a mighty navy, it was Japan and it led to World War II.
Some are comparing what China is doing now to what Japan did back then.
The ironic twist is that in the late 1930’s a number of Americans fought with China against Japan.
If war breaks out now, Japan will most likely side with the US Against China.
The frightening thing is that weaponry has changed a lot over the years and US-China war will mean the death of millions of people and the possibly the destruction of not just the US and China, but other nations as well.
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