China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning (centre) takes part in a PLA Navy drill in the western Pacific Ocean, in April 2018 Photo: Reuters

Why China’s military claims of matching the US should be taken with a grain of salt

  • Translating the theoretical advantages of the electromagnetic aircraft launching system into reality has proven to be troublesome even for the US
  • Testing the system on land facilities is one thing, but installing and testing it on a floating, pitching deck is a different ball game
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China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning (centre) takes part in a PLA Navy drill in the western Pacific Ocean, in April 2018 Photo: Reuters
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