Launch of new carrier highlights China's bid to tip balance in the Pacific

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The launch of the Type 003 carrier confirms both the scale of Chinese industrial capability and the scope of their ambitions to build a ‘blue water’ navy capable of operating globally,” said Justin Bronk, a senior research fellow at RUSI, a U.K.-based think tank specializing in defense, security and international affairs. ...RUSI’s Bronk pointed out that China is now fielding a range of aircraft and weapons designed to hunt down U.S. Air Force and Navy assets in the Indo-Pacific, such as the fifth-generation J-20A stealth fighter and the long-range PL-15 missile, along with the “carrier killer” DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile.