China is making steady progress in constructing what is believed to be its third aircraft carrier. Commercial satellite imagery collected on August 18, 2020, shows significant developments in the construction of the vessel and additional improvements to the infrastructure at Jiangnan Shipyard.
Since opening, Jiangnan has continuously engaged in the construction, maintenance, and modification of a wide range of commercial and People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels. Analysis conducted by CSIS of satellite imagery from 2011 and 2018 illustrates the degree to which the shipyard’s infrastructure has developed during the intervening seven years.
Beijing has undertaken sweeping efforts to modernize its navy. Between 2014 and 2018, China launched more naval vessels than the number of ships currently serving in the individual navies of Germany, India, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Learn more with this ChinaPower exclusive.