Xinhua reported that the Chinese Navy is speeding up its transformation in preparation for a future war. On December 6, 2011, Chinese President Hu Jintao met the delegate attending the 11th Naval CCP Congress and stressed speeding up the transformation of the Navy, expanding the Navy’s preparation for military actions, and promoting the modernization of the Chinese Navy. The article pointed out that “for a big country like China, it’s very unlikely to have a war in the air or on the land in its own territory. If China will ever encounter an exterior military conflict, the mostly likely place for it to happen will be on the sea surrounding China, in the Asian-Pacific region.”
The article further emphasized that [China] is confident it will win a regional war on the sea. Over the last decade, the Chinese Navy has been improving its comprehensive power in various ways. Each step of its development has been aimed at a very clear target, that is, to win a future regional war on the sea.
Source: Xinhua, December 19, 2011