Did you know... that a war college journal in the People's Republic called for the ability to defeat the U.S. by 2029? This sparked off a big debate over signals: were the authors stating PRC policy, rattlin' the US' cage, lobbying their own government, trying to freak out Taiwan and Japan (they succeeded), or a combination of the above? What does this have to do with the above? Just this: the PRC will produce a lot more qualified pilots with a training/research carrier than they would with a fleet unit. Just sayin'
China Says Aircraft Carrier Only for Research, Training | gCaptain