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Monday, September 28, 2015

China's Undersea Nuclear Submarine Capabilities - A Critical View by Robert Potter

Type 093 SSNThe People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is presently undergoing a substantial modernization effort. This process has been the center of significant analysis for the better part of the last twenty years.

It is quite clear that the development of a modern navy is a core component of Chinese government policy. However, this effort is presently stuck between competing efforts. On the one hand, the People’s Republic is attempting to develop a naval capability that is modern and maximizes China’s present advantages.

On the other hand, there sits a desire to have a navy of a great power.

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