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Aircraft carrier will not change defensive nature of China's policies

08-10-2011 16:22 BJT Special Report:China Refits Aircraft Carrier “Varyag” |

BEIJING, Aug.10 (Xinhua) - China's refitted aircraft carrier left its shipyard on Wednesday morning to embark on its first sea trial.

Military sources said that the first sea trial was in line with schedule of the carrier's refitting project. After returning from the sea trial, the aircraft carrier will continue refit and test work.

File photo of China's refitted aircraft carrier. The aircraft carrier left its shipyard at Dalian Port in northeast Liaoning Province on Wednesday morning to start its first sea trial. Military sources said that the first sea trial was in line with schedual of the carrier's refitting project and would not take a long time. After returning from the sea trial, the aircraft carrier will continue refit and test work. (Xinhua Photo)

Before China, a total of nine countries are in possession of aircraft carriers, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, India, Thailand and Brazil.

Among the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, China is the last one possessing an aircraft carrier platform.

The possession of the vessel is vital to China, as the country has vast territorial waters, which induces grave responsibility of protection.

China has more than 18,000 kilometers of coast line and three million square kilometers of territorial waters. From the Opium War in 1840 to the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, China suffered more than 470 offenses and invasions that came from the seas.

The establishment and expansion of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) navy have significantly improved the country's maritime defense. However, restrictions in economic strength and scientific research have long prevented China from modernizing its navy.

The PLA navy's current defense capability is still disproportionate to the requirements of its missions.

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