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Future Chinese Aircraft Carrier

Carrier only a first step, experts say

The aircraft carrier Varyag's maiden voyage is an important first step in developing a blue-water navy, but China has a long way to go before establishing an aircraft carrier battle group, a military experts says.

Thursday, 11 August, 2011, 12:00am

Into uncharted waters

Owning an aircraft carrier has been the aspiration for generations of Chinese, especially within the People's Liberation Army.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Warship chief tipped to captain aircraft carrier

With his extensive experience in the disputed South China Sea and his knowledge of warship operations, Major General Li Xiaoyan has shown himself to be a strong candidate for the position of captain of the nation's first aircraft carrier, the Varyag.

Li, 50, who started his military career in the air force, is widely tipped by mainland media to fill the post.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A 40-year dream close to becoming reality

1970 China conducts a study into the feasibility of building an aircraft carrier

1980 Vice-chief of general staff Liu Huaqing boards the US carrier Kitty Hawk

1985 China buys decommissioned Australian carrier Melbourne

1986 Liu recommends having a carrier by 2000

15 May 2011 - 12:00am

Beijing cements warship ambitions

US embassy shocked by model of aircraft carrier that points to interest in Nimitz-class craft

China is so keen to copy the US Navy's Nimitz class aircraft carriers it has built a full-scale cement model of the ship for analysis purposes, military analysts said.

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am