Friday, February 3, 2017
Beijing to base 2nd aircraft carrier near South China Sea
According to state media China’s upcoming second aircraft carrier the ’Shandong’ will be based near the South China Sea
China’s upcoming aircraft carrier, the ‘Shandong’, is to be based near the South China Sea the area at the center of Beijing’s confrontation with the US and regional neighbors, according to Chinese media.
The rationale behind the decision to place China’s first home-made carrier in disputed waters is to increase the country’s military capabilities and readiness to respond to any “complicated situations,” as the South China Morning Post put it, citing Xiake Dao, a social media account affiliated with the oversees edition of the state-owned People’s Daily.
The carrier will join China’s only other one – the ‘Liaoning’, which is based in Qingdao, northern China, looking at Japan and South Korea. The ship was brought over from Ukraine in 1998.
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