Twenty years ago, the Chinese bought their first aircraft carrier — the Liaoning — from Russia, by using a shell company to purchase the half-finished vessel while claiming it would be used as a floating casino.
Today, the Chinese navy launched their second aircraft carrier. President Xi commissioned the domestically made Shandong earlier today, and there's a third carrier already under construction.
Why does China need an aircraft carrier, let alone three? Their neighbours aren't threats. Japan has a defensive military, and the nearby Russians, Indians and Pakistanis have no designs on China.
An aircraft carrier is about one thing — projecting your country’s force far, far away from your home. It’s not a defensive military concept; it’s about dominating other places.
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