Writing in Tuesday’s China Daily newspaper, retired Rear Adm. Yang Yi said the carrier will be used to master the technology for more advanced carriers.
He said it also will be used to train in how to operate such a craft in a battle group and with vessels from other nation’s navies.
Without specifically mentioning China’s territorial disputes, Adm. Yang acknowledged other countries’ concerns about its growing military might, but said Beijing wouldn’t shy from flexing its muscles.
“When China has a more balanced and powerful navy, the regional situation will be more stable as various forces that threaten regional peace will no longer dare to act rashly,” Adm. Yang wrote.
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