Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong of the PLA Navy admitted that China has ambitions to operate its future aircraft carriers in regions beyond the East and South China seas in an interview with China Central Televsion on March 30.
The United States Navy is able to control all the world’s major maritime communication routes, Zhang said. “Instead of deploying its own carriers against China, the United States is more likely to encourage India and Japan to develop their own aircraft carriers for a potential war in the Asia-Pacific region,” he said. Zhang said this is the reason why the United States is willing to assist India in building the INS Vishal, the country’s second Vikrant-class aircraft carrier.
Full article: PLA carriers will operate beyond China’s local seas: admiral (Want China Times)