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Aircraft carrier Liaoning

China's first aircraft carrier went into commission on September 26, 2012 and was named "Liaoning" after the northeastern province. The 300-metre ship, refurbished and upgraded from the unfinished Soviet carreir Varyag, which China bought from Ukraine in 1998, is believed to be years away from active service. 

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Liaoning landing tests spawn new Gangnam Style parody

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 5:57pm
UPDATED : Monday, 26 November, 2012, 11:04pm

Nearly four months have passed since rap sensation Psy's Gangnam Style hit the airwaves, but China netizens still can't seem to get enough of it.

Completion of landing tests on the country's brand new (refurbished) aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was supposed to be the biggest piece of news in the nation this week.

But it too was dragged into Gangnam frenzy.

A video posted on Youku.com, China’s top video sharing site, on Monday took a light-hearted snub at what was supposed to be a milestone event in China’s naval modernisation efforts, quickly reaching a sizeable 20,000 plus views within an afternoon.

 

With Gangnam Style playing in the background, there were no flash mobs or cover artists seen doing any of Psy's signature dance moves. Instead, the two minute clip featured a photo montage of people mimicking the hand signals of Liaoning’s flight deck crew directing fighter jets for take-off.

Pictures of people doing the “take-off” gesture – one knee on the ground, one arm behind the back and two fingers pointed forward – flooded China’s social media circles under the tag “Hangmu Style”, or “Carrier Style”.

Gangnam Style hit a new milestone over the weekend, knocking Justin Bieber’s hit song and music video "Baby" off the No 1 spot as YouTube’s most watched video of all time.

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One thing has to be clear -- what the China netizens is doing has nothing to do with the stupid Korean Gangnam style, or at least most them are not. Check this link out and read the subtitles, you'll understand what is behind this posture ****www.acfun.tv/v/ac481946. As one of them, I'd say it is China's young generation expressing how much they proud about this landmark progress in China's military history as well as a memorial to Wang Wei, Liu Huaqing and Luo Yang, those who devoted to our country. At the end you'll see 81192 -- that is the aircraft number which Wang Wei flew in 2002. At that time China didn't have high-tech aircrafts as the country owns now. One of the reasons this person died. Finish the video and hope then you have a better understanding on this posture. This video has reached 183,299 views after it posted on Nov. 25th, 17:05. This is what should be reported about.
 
 
 
 
 

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