China's First Home-Built Aircraft Carrier Begins Sea Trials Off Liaoning

14 May, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • China's first indigenously built aircraft carrier leaves for sea trials

China's first domestically manufactured aircraft carrier started sea trials today, state media said, as the country prepares to add a second such warship to its naval fleet. The Type 001A, however, was built from scratch in China.

The two Chinese carriers are still dwarfed by the American... Besides India, the US, Russia, the UK, France, Italy, Thailand and China operate a total of 18 aircraft carriers.

China says the new carrier's design draws on experiences from its first carrier Liaoning bought second-hand from the Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China.

The state-run China Daily newspaper reported Sunday that the new ship will do what a carrier "is supposed to do: running combat-ready patrols and safeguarding the nation's maritime sovereignty and interests".

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In Hong Kong media claimed that the Chinese Navy a year ago began construction of a third aircraft carrier, equipped with modern catapult for faster take-off aircraft on the basis of the electromagnetic system.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing an ambitious plan to update the armed forces as China ramps up its presence in the disputed South China Sea.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

The Xinhua news agency reports that the new aircraft carrier set sail for the trials from a port in the northeastern city of Dalian, Liaoning Province, on Sunday.

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Little is known about China's aircraft program which is a state secret, according to the news wire.

China has devoted more spending for its military in recent years. It's the latest development in Beijing's mission to modernize its military.

Meanwhile, the PLA has begun work on its third aircraft carrier, according to the South China Morning Post, which is rumored to employ a more advanced launch system different from the ski-jump.

China has the world's largest navy in terms of numbers of ships, although it lags behind the U.S.in technology and combat capabilities.

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China and India have been seen to rapidly modernise their militaries, especially the navy, which both countries believe will play a crucial role in the Indian-ocean and Indo-Pacific regions.

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