China’s navy currently possesses only a modest long-range force-projection capability. But between now and 2020, aircraft carriers and new amphibious assault ships will give it a robust capacity for force projection in East Asia and smaller missions farther afield—especially for, or in support of, nontraditional security operations.
Kostecka, Daniel J.
"From the Sea,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 64
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol64/iss3/3