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Chinese aircraft carrier "Liaoning" finishes training mission

China´s first aircraft carrier "Liaoning" has returned to its home port in Qingdao in east China’s Shandong Province, after finishing about 40-days´ scheduled scientific and training mission in the South China Sea.

Defense ministry confirms high-sea voyage of aircraft carrier

A military spokesman confirmed Thursday that China´s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is set to conduct a voyage on the high seas.

China´s aircraft carrier docks at military port

China’s first aircraft carrier the "Liaoning", has docked for the first time at a military port in Qingdao along the country’s east coast.

China´s aircraft carrier anchors in military port

China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, has anchored for the first time in a military port in Qingdao, in the eastern province of Shandong.

China conducts flight landing on aircraft carrier

China has successfully conducted flight landing on its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, naval sources said.

Speculation on Aircraft Carrier Varyag
Military Expert Tell You More

Why does it take so long time for China to forge an aircraft carrier?

"Though many people think building aircraft carriers and the common large oil tankers are quite comparable, they differ greatly in building technology. The aircraft carriers are forged according to military standards. The steel used is alloyed steel, distinguished from that in building common oil tankers..."

--by Yin Zhuo, military expert

Will China change its offensive strategy after owning aircraft carrier?

"An aircraft carrier is just equipment. It can carry out defensive strategy, and a country can have an attack strategy without an aircraft-carrier. A country´s political factors decide its strategy..."

--by Yin Zhuo, military expert

Expert: China has long way to develop navy

"China has a long way to go to developing a navy. In fact, it is impossible to purchase any carrier-related equipment from western countries, let alone asking for help to build it..."

--by Yin Zhuo, military expert

Foreign Media Observation

British news agency Reuters comments


"Such a launch would be a first, exploratory step towards an operational carrier fleet...it will probably take the Chinese navy years to possess a credible carrier operation in Asia´s seas, which have largely been the domain of the US navy since World War Two."

Tokyo-based online magazine "Diplomat" comments

"The move indicates rapid improvement in Chinese naval aviation, and suggests China´s determination to extend its regional blue water presence."

US-based Associated Press comments


The latest move "has come to symbolize China´s ambitions for a military with global reach...though the addition of one carrier to China´s rapidly expanding navy isn´t expected to threaten the US military´s dominance."

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