Red Menace: China Poised to Join Elite Aircraft Carrier Club

A Pentagon report on China's military power reveals Beijing's ambitions breach Asia-Pacific region

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The Pentagon has determined China soon will commission its first aircraft carrier, placing it in an elite club of seafaring nations and raising concerns about Beijing's growing global ambitions.

Dean Cheng of The Heritage Foundation says "even a limited operational capability makes China one of just a few countries that has a full-sized carrier." And that "says something politically and militarily," he says, "because inside their own backyard, they don't need this because they have plenty of air bases." Read more about China's military power.