25 Sep '11, 8am

Navy driving China's military expansion ~ AsiaOne

Navy driving China's military expansion ~ AsiaOne

By Guillaume Klein AFP Sunday, Sep 25, 2011 SHANGHAI - China's navy is playing an important role in the country's drive to become a world military power, with the recent trials of its first aircraft carrier underlining the scale of Beijing's naval ambitions. China has become increasingly assertive on the high seas and the carrier's first outing last month sparked jitters in the United States and Japan, which said the move would have a "big impact" on the region. The People's Liberation Army (PLA) - the largest armed force in the world - is primarily a landforce. But the navy is playing an increasing role as Beijing grows more assertive about its territorial claims, notably in the East China Sea and South China Sea. On a rare visit on board the Anqing, a missile frigate at the Eastern Fleet base in Ningbo, south of Shanghai, journalists were accompanied by a group of office...

Full article: http://www.asiaone.com/News/Latest%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1St...

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