Nothing can replace 100 years of carrier experience. China building a carrier is like cavemen building a locomotive. Now use it.
The idea is Walk softly and carry a big stick. I served on 4 carriers, 8 deployments; 6 were peaceful keeping the sea lanes free. Two were not peaceful, one sinking Iran’s navy during Operation Praying Mantis, the other supporting OSW missions in Iraq. The U.S. is the dominant empire of our day… we are modern Romans. China is the modern Celtic horde. Chinese carriers are meant to challenge our global military presence. Thankfully so… it shows Chinese weakness in military strategy… any military think tank knows carriers are obsolete in all out modern warfare where the goal is global control. Think of carriers as the conventional speed bump before nukes fly.On whom?
Risks always accompany exploration. You can smugly armchair quarterback space failures but until you honor the men that perished in pursuit of space then you literally fail at being human.Buran was actually more functional in design than the American shuttle... which proved itself to be nothing more than an expensive death trap.
So they are giving themselves the same options. And it seems you don't like them doing that.
They also have Chinese VT-4 tanks and are in China’s pocket. Pakistan is in full compliance with Chinese policies in exchange for Chinese investments in poorly developed Pakistan. This Paki love of communist economics has brought about serious internal stability issues from separatists groups. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for countries loyal to China.To be fair, the Pakistani Al-Khalid tank development program demonstrated that they know how to run a military engineering project, and they didn't sabotage themselves out of pride like the Indians did with their Arjun project.
They hired foreign experts who knew what they were doing to work with their domestic engineering team to implement Al-Khalid, which means they have a practical, modern tank in production right now, and their engineers have some solid experience with tank technology. They did it on time and on budget, setting modest, achievable goals and adhering to them.
That's good engineering. It might not be as glamorous as if they'd invented everything from scratch, but sometimes good engineering is boring.