China needs more carriers to secure Indian Ocean routes: PLA hawk

China must continue to develop aircraft carriers to maintain the security of its Indian Ocean routes, says People’s Liberation Army hawk Yin Zhuo.

The 69-year-old rear admiral made the comments Monday, a day before the commencement of the annial “two sessions” of the National People’s Congress and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Beijing.

China’s seas are expansive and coupled with economic interests in distant waters, the PLA Navy’s speed and power need to improve in order to catch up to those of other nations, Yin said, adding that the safety of the country’s Indian Ocean routes can only be secured through more aircraft carriers.

A day earlier, Yin stated that the PLA Navy requires at least six aircraft carriers to meet strategic needs.

Full article: China needs more carriers to secure Indian Ocean routes: PLA hawk (Want China Times)

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