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[Global Times comprehensive report] Australian loy International Policy Institute "interpreter" July 11th article, original topic: China's expanding Navy
Recently, reports on China's Navy aircraft carrier aircraft carrier -15 have opened a small window to understand the challenges facing China's expanding Navy. It is a normal phenomenon to encounter temporary problems. It is very important that the Chinese navy is far more demanding than ever before. Unlike before, the PLA Navy now relies on the well-educated and well versed middle class to serve the new fleet. This army is following the development track of the Western Navy, but it may not be easy to find.
The Chinese navy has expanded so rapidly that its personnel planning department is under pressure to provide crew to the newly built warships, and not to fill the huge gap that the shore personnel will face. In 1986, the Chinese Navy had only 18 destroyers and 31 frigates, and its equipment was primitive. Today, the Chinese navy is equipped with 1 tens of thousands of tons of air defense cruisers, 4 missile destroyers, 2 missile frigates and 9 missile light cruisers. These ships are equipped with advanced computers, data links, long-range weapons and sensors that are far ahead of several generations of ships.
However, every progress made by Chinese warships is a new requirement for personnel. Because of the rapid expansion, anyone who has "practical experience" for new technology will be promoted and sent to the new ship. During the first World War, the rapidly expanding British Royal Navy had struggled to cope with the consequences of a large-scale promotion of such personnel, a lesson that the Chinese Navy could not ignore.
Not only that, because it is impossible to accept military doctrines or skills from allies like the western countries, China must (alone) create a "multidimensional" naval combat force. With the expansion of the fleet, China has to find and train personnel for the management of tactical development teams, experimental units, training institutions, certification bodies and planning systems without any external help. The Chinese navy will be eager to learn from other navies and learn from it, but the United States that does not trust Beijing has rejected the Chinese Navy's participation in the circum military exercise. Although the PLA may hold joint exercises with other countries' navies, the latter is unlikely to fully share their experience.
Even so, the Chinese navy has a lot of talent and a lot of talented and inspiring people who are ambitious to push China into a global naval power. As long as Beijing is still willing to devote enough resources to the mission, the Chinese navy will eventually be as strong as Chinese leaders want. There is no doubt that in many ways the Chinese navy has become a formidable force in many ways and can accomplish many tasks enough to counterbalance many potential rivals. But before reaching the necessary maturity to be able to master multidimensional military operations in the competitive environment of the high seas, the Chinese Navy still has a long way to go. (the author James Gauderick, translated by Ding Yuqing)
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