Russian help needed for China to have a blue-water navy: Reklama|WCT

If China wants to have a blue-water navy in the next 20 years, the People’s Liberation Army Navy must use its joint exercise with the Russian Navy to gain new experience of deploying warships to the open sea, the Moscow-based Reklama wrote on Aug. 24.The Russian newspaper said the PLA Navy is not able to challenge the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force despite the restrictions on the latter imposed by the country’s pacifist constitution. China’s navy also lacks a tradition of operating a fleet of warships far from its shores. Since its establishment in 1949, the PLA Navy has focused on how to destroy threats near the coast, the report said.

Source: Russian help needed for China to have a blue-water navy: Reklama|WCT

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