China’s defensive or offensive naval capabilities

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I don’t understand why, if China is pursuing missiles that render aircraft carriers useless, China is developing its air craft carrier capabilities. While the anti-aircraft carrier missiles  have been described elsewhere as “defensive” in nature, air craft carriers are used to project power.

A big difference from the Cold War, this wording from The Global Times:

The J-15 has comprehensive capabilities comparable to those of the Russian Su-33 jet and the U.S. F-18, military experts estimated.

I don’t think the Soviets would never have expressly announced what foreign weapons their weapons were comparable to.

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