>>33769390>China tries to discipline North Korea so we don't get involved and NK sinks this thing
That would never happen.
NK won't bite the hand that feeds it, they like making noise to get attention but if they push it too much, China would just replace the regime.
China wouldn't actually intervene militarily with a carrier, they'd do just the same thing as CIA, engineer an internal crisis then orchestrate a coup. If there was to be a military intervention, which is unlikely, it would be infantry. Their planes wouldn't even need to launch from a carrier, they could just use land bases right next door.
And Chinese subs are likely decades more sophisticated than NK subs so it's not getting sunk anyway.