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  1. Challenge will be training pilots, ex-general says

    Posted Apr 01st 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... for an aircraft carrier, military experts say. Xu Guangyu, a retired PLA general, said China had trained a large number of fighter jet pilots capable of flying in all weather conditions, but their training had been limited to landings and take-offs on land for the past few decades. 'Taking off and landing on an aircraft carrier is a completely different operation, with decks being ...

  2. First confirmation of China's plan to build aircraft carriers

    Posted Dec 19th 2010, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan China has officially confirmed that it is building an aircraft carrier, something other nations have long suspected. According to the annual report of the State Oceanic Administration (SOA), the State Council in 2003 decided to make China a maritime superpower. '[In addition], in 2009, China put forward an idea and plan for building aircraft carriers ...

  3. US navy cancels aircraft carrier visit to Hong Kong

    Posted Oct 08th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Greg Torode and Cary Huang US naval commanders have cancelled a visit to Hong Kong this month by the aircraft carrier USS George Washington, but say the decision was made for operational ... to the presence of US aircraft carriers in the Yellow Sea. Based in Japan and the only carrier permanently stationed outside the continental United States, the George Washington is a symbol of mounting ...

  4. US carrier in Yellow Sea soon, S Korean envoys say

    Posted Sep 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing US aircraft carrier the USS George Washington will take part in joint military drills with South Korea in the highly charged Yellow Sea soon, South Korean diplomats ... Beijing- particularly over the prospect of the carrier's presence. The diplomats said Washington had reiterated to Seoul its long-term commitment to maintaining stability and security in East ...

  5. US aircraft carrier to host Viet delegation

    Posted Aug 07th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent The American aircraft carrier USS George Washington will this weekend host senior Vietnamese military officials off the country's strategic central coast in a further sign of the rapidl warming of the military relationship between one-time enemies. Those ties- as well as the appearance of the 104,000-tonne aircraft carrier and its ...

  6. With aircraft carrier remarks, minister sends a message

    Posted Mar 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Japanese officials that the nation will forge ahead with its aircraft carrier plan, experts say. The remarks by General Liang Guanglie, the highest-ranking Beijing official to touch on the sensitive issue, are also seen as a sign of an imminent announcement that China will build its first aircraft carrier. General Liang told Japan's defence minister, Yasukazu Hamada, on Friday ...

  7. Beijing signals intent to build aircraft carrier

    Posted Dec 24th 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing Ship plan under 'serious' study The Ministry of National Defence has revealed that China is 'seriously' considering building an aircraft carrier to protect its national interests- Beijing's first public confirmation of the controversial plan that has been a source of speculation for a decade. 'Aircraft carriers are a reflection ...

  8. Diaoyu activists want aircraft carrier built

    Posted Feb 28th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... David Fang An activist group plans to urge Beijing to take a tougher stance over the hotly contested Diaoyu Islands, and to build an aircraft carrier to protect the nation's waters. ... Beijing to build an aircraft carrier. 'The 21st century is a time when all nations of the world are ensuring they can protect their own waters,' said Mr Tong. 'And China needs ...

  9. Shipping lines fretting over ransom ban

    Posted Mar 01st 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the Cosco-owned bulk carrier De Xin Hai were freed in late December after the payment of US$3.5 million to pirates. Association managing director Arthur Bowring said a ban could have a swift impact. ...

  10. China may ask tribes for help on piracy

    Posted Oct 25th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... aboard the bulk carrier De Xin Hai, now anchored off the pirate stronghold of Hobyo on Somalia's coast, but realised negotiations were a more practical solution. 'They are telling us ...




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