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 Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) was mainly tasked with the defence of Chinaâ€™s coast against amphibious assaults from the U.S. or Soviet Union. Since the late 1980s, China has been seeking to develop a â€˜blue waterâ€™ 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 islandâ€™s declaration of independence, and more recently, the growing needs to protect Chinaâ€™s sea lines of communications (SLOC) in order to secure the countryâ€™s global network of energy resources and trading activities.