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China: An Aspiring Global Navy

Dec 9, 2015 | 10:12 GMT
China's first aircraft carrier is docked in the northeastern Liaoning province. The Chinese navy will continue to increase its forays and deployments around the globe. After all, Beijing is doing all it can to build out a maritime presence commensurate with its status -- and logistics are the key.
China's first aircraft carrier is docked in the northeastern Liaoning province. The Chinese navy will continue to increase its forays and deployments around the globe. After all, Beijing is doing all it can to build out a maritime presence commensurate with its status -- and logistics are the key.
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On Nov. 26, Beijing announced its plans to establish its first overseas naval installation in the small nation of Djibouti, a strategic location on the Horn of Africa that is about 7,700 kilometers (4,800 miles) from China. China is growing into its role as a great power and is setting the stage for more active involvement by its military to defend Beijing's interests abroad. To that end, China will continue to work toward establishing a capable and expansive logistics network to support its increasingly global operations....

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