China commissions its first aircraft carrier, US plays it down
Linkedin

China commissions its first aircraft carrier, US plays it down

Beijing : China | Sep 26, 2012 at 12:18 AM PDT
XX XX
Views: Pending
 

In a move to signify its rising military might, China delivered and commissioned its first aircraft carrier to its navy, the Chinese defense ministry announced Tuesday. The 300m aircraft carrier, called Liaoning, is basically a renovated Russian ship bought from Ukraine. It entered service after refitting and several trials at sea.

The aircraft carrier was put into service in a big ceremony attended by top Chinese officials including President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao, a move that comes at a time of rising tensions between Beijing and its neighbors over islands in nearby seas.

Reports suggest that the aircraft carrier was formally delivered by the navy's major supplier, the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation. The ceremony took place at a marine base in northeast China's harbor metropolis of Dalian.

According to authorities, Liaoning would signify China’s power and safeguard its national sovereignty, a subject that has turned into an acid test for the government’s clashes with Japan over islands in the East China Sea.

"Today will be forever remembered as China's Navy has entered an era of aircraft carrier," Zhang told Xinhua on the carrier's flight deck,” said. Senior Captain Zhang Zheng, commanding officer of China's first carrier, according to China’s Xinhua News Agency. "When I received the PLA flag from the President, a strong sense of duty and commitment welled up in my heart," said Zhang who has served as commanding officer on the Navy's frigate and destroyer.”

The Chinese president called the carrier mighty, deeply significant and patriotic passion.

The Chinese Defense Ministry has lately put up proposals to modernize its weapons and fighting capacity to keep pace with the rest of the world and rising powers. The commissioning of the aircraft carrier is a progress in this direction; however, reports suggest that Beijing does not have a fleet of aircrafts and trained pilots for any operation.

Meanwhile US military experts and planners have played down the Chinese advancement, saying they would suggest China to have its own capacity and facilities of building an aircraft carrier; else their effort would be wastage of money and time.

Although China does not makes public expenditures on its military, yet insider information suggests that it spends more on the Army than the air force and navy.

1 of 1
Chinese Navy
China delivers first aircraft carrier to Navy, US plays it down (Image: Reuters/Xinhua)
Jennifer Rees is based in Seattle, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
Report Credibility
 
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
 
 
 
Advertisement
 

News Stories

 
  • China commissions first aircraft carrier

      Al Jazeera
    18 The Liaoning, formerly known as the Varyag, was constructed in the 1980s for the Soviet navy [AFP] China has sent its first aircraft carrier into formal service amid a tense maritime dispute with Japan in what some are calling a show of force.
  • Chinese Regime's First Aircraft Carrier Not Ready, Say Experts

      Epoch Times
    September 26, 2012 China's first aircraft carrier, a former Soviet carrier called the "Varyag," docked in Dalian, in northeast China's Liaoning Province, on Sept. 24, 2012.  The Chinese regime renamed the aircraft carrier "Liaoning."  (STR/AFP/Getty...
  • China commissions aircraft carrier prior to party congress

      Taiwan News
    Taipei, Sept. 25 (CNA) China has chosen to formally commission its first aircraft carrier into service in the runup to its National Day as well as the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China , an expert said Tuesday.
  • China media: Aircraft carrier

    China Daily and People's Daily publish their reports on the front page, so do many regional and local newspapers. Hong Kong's Ming Pao Daily News says the significance of the commissioning ceremony at the port of Dalian was shown by the presence of...
  • Key facts of China's first aircraft carrier

      China News
    China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning with a hull number of 16, entered service in the People's Liberation Army Navy on Sept 25. The following are facts and figures about the vessel, based on reports from the Jiefangjun Bao (Liberation Army...
  • India and China?s First Aircraft Carrier

      Indian Express
    India and Chinas First Aircraft Carrier '+google_ads[i].line2 +'  '+google_ads[i].line3 + ' The commissioning of Beijings first aircraft carrier, named Liaoning after Chinas Northeastern province, on Tuesday will be remembered as a defining moment in...

Images

 >
 
  •  	China delivers first aircraft carrier to Navy, US plays it down (Image: Reuters/Xinhua)

    Chinese Navy

More From Allvoices

Related People

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report



Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.