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China’s Plan for a Blue-Water Fleet

Mar 31, 2009 | 11:07 GMT
The Chinese Navy missile destroyer 115 Shenyang docks at the port of Qingdao, China, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy on April 20, 2009.

QINGDAO, CHINA - APRIL 20: Chinese Navy missile destroyer 115 Shenyang docks at Qingdao Port to attend an international fleet review to be held on April 23 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy on April 20, 2009, in Qingdao of Shandong Province, China. (Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images)

(Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images)

Transforming China's green-water navy into a robust blue-water fleet is generational process. The key challenge for China's navy during the transition has been maintaining a coastal mission while expanding its operational reach. This effort began a decade ago, and its progress has been nothing short of dramatic....

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