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In the year 2015, China published a strategy document – China’s military strategy, on the future PLA war designs. This enumerated shifting the focus from the ‘offshore waters defence’ to “open seas protection”. The vision for a blue water Chinese Navy was laid out by then-President Hu Jintao in his Christmas eve speech in 2004. Dubbed as “New Historic Missions”, this was designed to restore China’s lost glory. The plan was further explained in a 2008 defence white paper. In 2017, Chinese President Xi Jinping finally cemented the plan of a ‘world-class’ military by 2035, capable of winning wars across the globe by 2050. Today PLAN is 350 ships strong (130 major surface components) and the largest Navy in the world, at least, numerically.
China’s ambitions would mostly depend upon PLA Navy assisted by PLA Rocket Force (PLARF), PLA Air Force (PLAAF), and PLA. The PLAN assets consist of:
- PLAN Warships and Submarines: 350
- PLAAF Aircraft: 3010
How China plans to attack Taiwan and how the free world would take on China, continue to read on India’s most respected Think-Tank platform, ‘Chanakya Forum’: