China’s Aircraft Carrier
June 9, 2011 by staff
China’s Aircraft Carrier, A senior Chinese official for the first time revealed that the growing Chinese military would soon release its first aircraft carrier. “An aircraft carrier has been under construction, but has not been completed,” said Minister of Defence of China, Chen Bingde a Hong Kong newspaper on Tuesday in a rare admission for the Chinese government secret.
990 feet, 67 500 tonnes company, long rumored to be in development, is being built in the northeastern port of Dalian, the report said. While Chen has refused to give a specific date, the ship is reportedly near completion and testing is expected to begin later this year. An army of workers took five years to transform the Soviet-era town, which was originally purchased by a company with ties to the Chinese army said were intended to build a floating casino in Macao.
The former Soviet Union “Varyag” aircraft carrier in the Ukrainian port of Ilyichevsk in this file photo from June 19, 2000 “All great nations in the world own aircraft carriers – are symbols of a great nation.” Chen’s deputy, Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of staff, told the Hong Kong Commercial Daily. But Jianguo also stressed that after the company was deployed would “definitely not sail into the territorial waters of other countries.”
The company’s disclosure comes at a difficult time for US-China relations. Earlier this month U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the military relations between the two countries are now in a “positive trajectory”, but admitted that the military relationship “underdeveloped.” In May, a report by a Washington, DC, and research center provides a new stealth fighter, developed in secret by the Chinese and seldom seen, could be the first U.S. combatants legitimately question stealth air dominance.
The day after the report came out; ABC News revealed that Pakistani officials hinted that China wanted to take a look at the top-secret stealth U.S. helicopter that crashed during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, May 2.
Less than two weeks later, Defense Minister Bingde appeared to try to calm the anxiety of America for telling the National Defense University, “Although the development of China’s defense and the army has come a long way in recent years a rift between you and stay with us … China has no intention of challenging the U.S. “
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