In the longer term, the goal is to create a force able to project the country's power well beyond its shores.
Many of the ships could be kept over the horizon, but close enough to project their power quickly if needed.
He tries to project power while building a rapport with the room.
So, if he needed to project power, he had the assets to give people something to think about.
Having an aircraft carrier will then enable China to project power further than it has before.
'We'll need some way to project our power more efficiently,' she says.
These bases were kept on constant battle readiness in the case they had to project their power.
This made it able to project its power into regions were it thought was never possible before.
A "blue-water navy" can project its nation's power throughout the world.
Most disturbing, China is pouring money into those activities that allow it to project power beyond its traditional borders.