China’s carrier program will not fundamentally transform the balance of military power in the western Pacific. But it does signal both China’s unmistakable intent to project military power beyond the nation’s “near seas” and its aspirations to become a global naval power.
Scobell, Andrew; McMahon, Michael; and Cooper, Cortez A. III
"China’s Aircraft Carrier Program: Drivers, Developments, Implications,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 68
, Article 7.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol68/iss4/7