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President Hu Jintao inspects the guard of hnour at the launch ceremony of the Liaoning in Dalian. Photo: Xinhua

PLA brass ‘defied Beijing’ over plan to buy China’s first aircraft carrier Liaoning

For nearly two decades it was one of China's best-kept secrets but now Hong Kong-based businessman Xu Zengping is breaking his silence and unmasking the PLA masterminds behind the purchase of what became the country's first aircraft carrier.

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