These initially "Admiral Kuznetsov class multirole aircraft carriers" are sleek, probably very very fast and powerful (depending on engine of course), and, given China's hand in it, "replicas can be had at pretty cheap". In other words: for the cost of a super carrier as the USS George Bush or Ronald Reagan, "if based on Chinese labor and material discounts", my calculations is that up to four Admiral Kuznetsov class carriers can be had for China..
Medium sized carriers as the Admiral Kuznetsov, by me, are also the most efficient and most sensible boats to field for any navy because, in times of dire hostility, "for every super sized carrier as a single and concentrate targeted, as many as four or even six Admiral Kuznetsov sized carriers which is dispersed throughout the Pacific will have to be taken out if it would be an equivalent match. So which or who have the upper hand and more the advantage?
I expect for China to eventually field up to 60 or more of these carriers by the 2040-2050 time frame with 4 destroyers and frigates plus 2 supply and support ships as a battle group. This does not include subs which would likely be kept secret. Already, two such hulls are already said to be spotted by US intelligence and the launch time assessments given is that one is to be launched in 2013 while the other 2015 thereabouts. This is based on western guesstimates of course therefore no crap by me. However accurate this info is, time will tell.
Now, how is the above possible you ask? Mass production! You have the hulls at the ready as everything other section of the boat is being banged together elsewhere" in modularized forms". And when these sections are ready, it gets barged to the yard where the hulls sits waiting and these sections gets welded into place. This allow for quick turn over of complete boats in the shortest of time. Nut? We'll see!