The power of the PRC’s new carrier will not be on her flight deck or engines, but in her symbolism, according to Foreign Policy:
It would be a mistake to overstate the strategic consequences of China’s starter carrier. It will not fundamentally alter military balances in the Asia-Pacific region, nor does it threaten U.S. military dominance. Yet it is an important harbinger of things to come. As China’s naval power continues to expand and as Chinese aircraft carriers and escort vessels ply the waters of the Western Pacific, the South China Sea, and the Indian Ocean with increasing frequency, Washington will be forced to examine the underlying assumption of continued military dominance that lies at the foundation of its grand strategy. Given today’s budgetary pressures, clear thinking about America’s long-term interests and challenges is especially essential. The future begins now.
It will probably also provide some comic value to the trailing SSNs, I should think.