China’s second aircraft carrier ‘takes shape’: media

China’s second aircraft carrier is “taking shape” after two years and nine months of construction, local media reported, a move likely to further unnerve Taiwan and other neighbors about Beijing’s growing military assertiveness.

Construction of The Shandong, named after a province in China’s east coast, began in 2014, the APP of Shandong television and radio said in a report seen on Tuesday.

The Shandong, China’s first indigenous aircraft carrier, is “taking shape”, the report said. It did not give a date for completion or further details.

It was being built in the northeastern port of Dalian, the Defense Ministry has said.

The country’s first aircraft carrier, The Liaoning, was bought from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China.

In January 2017 a group of Chinese warships, led by The Liaoning, tested weapons and equipment in the South China Sea in what the Chinese Foreign Ministry described as routine exercises that comply with international law.

The group of warships sailed through waters south of Japan and then rounded east and south of Taiwan in December on their way to the southern Chinese province of Hainan.

But China is years away from perfecting carrier operations similar to those the United States has practised for decades.

The eventual launch of The Shandong would further rattle self-ruled democratic Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own, as well as Asian neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam with disputed claims in the South China Sea.

China and Taiwan have been diplomatic and military rivals since 1949 when Nationalist, or Kuomintang, troops lost the Chinese civil war to the Communists on the mainland and fled to the island.

Bilateral trade, investment and tourism have grown significantly in the past three decades, but tensions have been simmering since the island elected President Tsai Ing-wen from the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party last year.

China has vowed to attack if the island declared de jure independence.

(Reporting by Judy Hua and Benjamin Kang Lim; Editing by Michael Perry)

Source: Reuters “China’s second aircraft carrier ‘takes shape’: media”

Note: This is Reuters report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


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  2. DF-21 says:

    If the countries mentioned in the article band together and jointly develop a home grown version of a carrier killing DF-21 IRBM the Chinese carriers will be afraid to leave their home base. An Agni-1 with an anti-ship warhead would do the job nicely.


    • Fre Okin says:

      Explain why China cannot have Freedom Of Navigation while US and others can. Is there anything in international maritime law that forbade China to protect her own interest? Only oversensitive people think they are target of Chinese attack. They are not worth a single Chinese bullet and have to pay China to attack them.

      The odds of neighboring countries ganging together to produce a carrier killing missile is one in a billion. Wake me up when they do!


    • Joseph says:

      And who wrote the article on I am sure he is the same kind of people who wrote on Wikipedia about Indonesia’s Natuna ‘conflict’ with China, which we Indonesian never knrw where and when the ‘conflict’ took place ot if it ever took place at all. Wikipedia is only good for reference. But because anyone can write whatever they want on it, Wikipedia is a terrible place to seek facts. Anyone who suggests Wikipedia as source of ‘facts’ must be clueless or utterly idiot.


    • Jane says:

      Only an idiot would try to turn the Agni-1 into a carrier killer. The Agni-1 is solid-fueled, so it has a minimum range as well as a maximum range. A ship that got closer than its minimum range cannot be targeted by the missile.

      The Indians sometimes have very strange ideas about technology. My favorite is when they deployed sea-skimming cruise missiles to the mountains. Did they not read the sales brochure?

      Chinese people know how to use technology. For example, China deployed solid-fueled ICBMs along the Russian border. The Russians know that the missiles have a minimum range, so they feel reassured rather than threatened. The missiles are too close to Russia to be able to hit Russia.


    • Mad Max says:

      It is stated categorically, 48% of Indians have no acess to toilets.

      I suppose that is why they nothing better than to dream of being a mouse roaring at a lion.

      India is a failed state and continuing to fail rapidly.