Chinese Naval Forces - SinoDefence.com
- Traditionally, China was regarded as largely a land power with only very limited naval forces. During the Cold War-era, the People‚Äôs Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was mainly tasked with the defence of China‚Äôs coast against amphibious assaults from the U.S. or Soviet Union. Since the late 1980s, China has been seeking to develop a ‚Äėblue water‚Äô navy force capable of operating in the regions beyond its offshore waters. The modernisation of the PLAN over the past decade has been driven by two factors, the possibility of a military conflict with Taiwan over the island‚Äôs declaration of independence, and more recently, the growing needs to protect China‚Äôs sea lines of communications (SLOC) in order to secure the country‚Äôs global network of energy resources and trading activities.