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Post time 2011-8-15 23:28:31 |Display all floors
15 August 2011.


China's aircraft carrier ends maiden trip:    Xinhua


The 300-metre (990-foot) ship docked in the northeastern port of Dalian on Sunday morning after five days of trials that have sparked international concern about the country's widening naval reach.


The carrier tests came amid heightened tensions over a number of maritime territorial disputes involving China, notably in the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas and is claimed by several countries.


Dockworkers set off fireworks as the vessel, a refitted old Soviet carrier called the Varyag, returned to port, Xinhua said, adding that the ship would now undergo further work and testing.


"The sea trials carried out by the aircraft carrier on its maiden voyage went smoothly," it said.


China's People's Liberation Army -- the world's largest active military -- is extremely secretive about its defence programmes, which benefit from a huge and expanding military budget boosted by the nation's runaway economic growth.


Earlier this year, China announced military spending would rise 12.7 percent to 601.1 billion yuan ($91.7 billion) in 2011.


In January it revealed it was developing its first stealth fighter jet.


It is also working on an anti-ballistic missile capable of piercing the defences of even the most sturdy US naval ships.


Japan recently expressed concern about what it called the "opaqueness" of China's military budget, and the US State Department last week called on the country to explain why it needed an aircraft carrier.


"This is part of our larger concern that China is not as transparent as other countries," said spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.


"It's not as transparent as the United States about its military acquisitions, about its military budget."


Beijing only recently confirmed it was revamping the old Soviet ship.


It has repeatedly insisted that the carrier poses no threat to its neighbours and will be used mainly for training and research purposes.


But a news website run by China's defence ministry took a different stance four days ago, stating that the carrier should handle territorial disputes as well.

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Post time 2011-8-16 02:44:23 |Display all floors

Technically speaking, China's aircraft carrier has yet to make her maiden voyage.

She was only out at sea for the duration of her sea trails. She is yet to be a100%

full-fledged functional aircraft carrier.

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Post time 2011-9-1 04:00:26 |Display all floors

China says aircraft carrier 'attained objectives'

Thursday 1 September 2011.


China's first aircraft carrier "attained the anticipated objectives" during its maiden sea trial earlier this month, the country's defense ministry said Wednesday, state media reported.


The carrier was back at its shipyard where refurbishment and testing would be carried out, Xinhua cited a ministry spokesman as saying.


But no further information was given on the "objectives", the agency added.


The 300-meter (990-foot) ship docked in the northeastern port of Dalian earlier this month after five days of trials that sparked international concern about the country's widening naval reach.


The carrier tests came amid heightened tensions over a number of maritime territorial disputes involving China, notably in the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas and is claimed at least in part by several countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.


Xinhua said spokesman Yang Yujun told a news briefing that the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy's "inshore defense strategy and the defensive nature of the country's national defence policy will not change despite the country's development of advanced weaponry".


The PLA -- the world's largest active military -- is extremely secretive about its defense programs, which benefit from a huge and expanding military budget boosted by the nation's runaway economic growth.


Earlier this year, China announced military spending would rise 12.7 percent to 601.1 billion yuan ($91.7 billion) in 2011.


In January it revealed it was developing its first stealth fighter jet.


It is also working on an anti-ballistic missile capable of piercing the defenses of even the most sturdy US naval ships.


Japan recently expressed concern about what it called the "opaqueness" of China's military budget, and the US State Department has called on the country to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier.

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Post time 2011-9-1 06:21:54 |Display all floors
Originally posted by dragon8 at 2011-8-31 20:00
Thursday 1 September 2011.


China's first aircraft carrier "attained the anticipated objectives"  


You mean it actually floats ?

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Post time 2011-9-1 07:22:10 |Display all floors

WHY?

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"Japan recently expressed concern about what it called the "opaqueness" of China's military budget, and the US State Department has called on the country to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier."

Because it did not, US and Western carriers will dominate the globe and threaten anyone they don't like. Surely there must be some kind of balance.

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Post time 2011-9-1 09:29:11 |Display all floors
Originally posted by antitheft at 2011-9-1 06:22
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"Japan recently expressed concern about what it called the "opaqueness" of China's military budget, and the US State Department has called on the country to explain why it ne ...


While I don't think that the US has the right to ask china to "explain" their carrier, I don't agree that US carriers, or western carriers, threaten the world.

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