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  1. News - China

    Chinese navy takes delivery of first aircraft carrier amid Diaoyu tensions

    Posted Sep 23rd 2012, 08:36pm by Agence France Presse in Beijing

    ... a lengthy refitting by a Chinese shipbuilder, the Global Times reported. During the handover ceremony the aircraft carrier raised the Chinese national flag on its mast, the PLA flag on its bow ...

  2. News - China - NAVY

    Senior PLA naval officer pledges 'bigger and better' aircraft carriers

    Posted Apr 25th 2013, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Senior PLA naval officer says it is hoped next vessel will be bigger than Liaoning, but denies reports carriers are being built in Shanghai China plans ... which are also claimed in part by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, in the past month. The PLA Daily said last week that the Liaoning, based on the hull of a Soviet Kuznetsov-class ...

  3. News - China - MILITARY

    China's first aircraft carrier handed over to PLA navy

    Posted Sep 26th 2012, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com Leaders attend ceremony in Dalian but no details on ship's assignment PLA takes charge of first carrier China's first aircraft carrier was formally delivered to the PLA Navy and commissioned in Dalian, Liaoning, yesterday after seven years of refitting. The defence ministry said the carrier, named the Liaoning, would "raise ...

  4. News - China - DEFENCE

    PLA aircraft carrier gets hull number, suggesting it's ready for action

    Posted Sep 04th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... of the carrier. The report said that while most PLA Navy ships had three-digit hull numbers, there were two training ships that carried two-digit numbers- No 81 Zhenghe and No 82 Shichang. Antony Wong Dong, a Macau-based PLA watcher, said the carrier's numbering suggested the navy may go with a new naming system for its carriers. "The vessel could possibly be named 'Hubei ...

  5. News - China - DEFENCE

    China's first aircraft carrier could be named 'Liaoning' after province

    Posted Sep 11th 2012, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... with the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis News reported that the former Varyag was unlikely to be named after a famous person. The paper went on to quote unidentified ... Institute, said yesterday that "the name of the carrier is likely to be chosen from either provinces or words signifying magnificence or bravery". Macau-based PLA watcher Antony Wong Dong ...

  6. PLA's first carrier 'ready by 2012'

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

    ... but they required 'a stable and reliable US-China military-to-military relationship- a relationship that does not yet exist with the PLA'. 'Over the past few years, China has begun a new phase of military development by beginning to articulate roles and missions for the PLA that go beyond China's immediate territorial concerns, but has left unclear to the international ...

  7. Taiwan sees delays in mainland constructing its aircraft carrier

    Posted Nov 05th 2009, 12:00am by Lawrence Chung

    ... said the PLA had already started its ambitious aircraft carrier construction project, but technical problems hampered it. 'Even the PLA itself has made such an observation when making internal assessments of the project,' Tsai said, responding to legislators. But Tsai said there was no sign that the PLA would alter its 2012 target. Asked why he was so certain about ...

  8. PLA said to eye four carriers

    Posted Jan 02nd 2009, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... not be overambitious and aim for super-aircraft carriers like America's, because the PLA had no intention of becoming a global force like the United States or Russian navies. 'We plan to build four ... the source said. Each group would spend three months a year in harbour, on average, for maintenance and repair. They would be assigned to the PLA's fleets in the South China and East China seas. ...

  9. Design of PLA's first aircraft carrier is complete: report

    Posted Jul 07th 2007, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... 'The company produced almost all of the new-generation warships now in service in the PLA Navy.' He predicted the carrier would be far smaller than the United States' 12 carriers. Taiwanese military researcher Milton Liao Wen-chung said he doubted whether the mainland's aircraft carrier would ever be put into use. 'The PLA Navy's two key bases in Beihai ...

  10. News - China

    Aircraft carrier's pioneer Xu Zengping wins a popular vote

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:00am by CHOI CHI-YUK

    ... is a former PLA senior colonel who became a businessman after leaving the army in 1983. As chairman of Macau-based Chong Lot Travel Agency, Xu travelled to Ukraine and bought the half-built Soviet ... in the northeastern province of Liaoning before he succeeded in 2002. The vessel was then berthed at the port for three years, and it took seven more years to refit before it was delivered to the PLA Navy. ...




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