While the speed of growth of the Chinese submarine force has slowed, modernisation remains a high priority for the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), the Pentagon says in its report, ‘Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019’, released 2 May.
China is also still on track to make its first domestically built aircraft carrier an official fleet ship by the end of 2019, the report says.
As US Navy (USN) officials have warned during recent Congressional testimony and during media briefings, the Chinese submarine force growth represents a concern in the region, according to the Pentagon report.
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