When it embarks on its maiden voyage later this year, the PLAN’s first aircraft carrier will not have an immediate impact on regional security. But unless Taiwan and the region act accordingly, its deployment could mean serious trouble a few years from now
Reports last month that China’s first aircraft carrier could embark on its maiden voyage sometime this year, added to speculation that the Chinese navy’s first carrier-based aircraft could be operational by 2015, point to the high likelihood that Taiwan’s security dilemma is about to become even more complex. That said, Taipei and the region need not panic just yet, analysts say.
My article, published today in the Taipei Times, continues here, with comments by James Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara of the US Naval War College, and Rick Fisher of the International Assessment and Strategy Center. In addition to the Varyag, my article also takes an in-depth look at the eventual introduction of the J-15 carrier-borne aircraft.