China aircraft carrier Liaoning launched, increasing the country’s military power (Photo)

By on Sep 26, 2012 in Asia, Politics Comments

China launched its first aircraft carrier on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, as shown in the photo below, marking the country’s increase in military forces capability, amid tensions with its regional neighbors including the Philippines, particularly on territorial claims of the nearby islands.

China aircraft carrier Liaoning Hu Jintao

Chinese President Hu Jintao, during the ceremony
of China aircraft carrier Liaoning

Image Credit: Xinhua.com

According to Xinhua.com that day, China‘s aircraft carrier was shown in public in the northeastern port of Dalian, a major city in Liaoning province; via a simple ceremony that started at around 10 a.m. and was attended by Chinese President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.

As noted in the report, Chinese officials said that the “16” mark on the side of discarded ship, which was also named Liaoning, means the aircraft carrier is limited to training and testing as of now, with China still not having airplanes capable of landing on the carrier. Both leaders later inspected the vessel.

The Liaoning aircraft carrier, which was bought from Ukraine in 1998 and was refurbished by China, was commissioned to the People’s Liberation Army navy, with the country becoming the last United Nations Security Council permanent member to have an aircraft carrier.

“This morning, Liaoning, China‘s first aircraft carrier, was officially handed over (to the navy) and entered naval ranks. Its entry to the ranks will enhance the modernization of the Chinese navy’s comprehensive combat force and its defense capability.” A statement was quoted at Xinhua.com.

“Today will be forever remembered as China’s Navy has entered an era of aircraft carrier. When I received the PLA flag from the President, a strong sense of duty and commitment welled up in my heart,” Senior Captain Zhang Zheng, commanding officer of China‘s aircraft carrier, told the paper.


China aircraft carrier Liaoning
China aircraft carrier Liaoning
Image Credit: AP


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