The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout

First made-in-China aircraft carrier, the Shandong, officially enters service

  • The country’s second carrier is commissioned by President Xi Jinping in southern Hainan province
  • Ceremony marks significant step forward in China’s plan to expand its navy’s power amid tensions in sensitive areas such as South China Sea and Taiwan Strait
Topic |   China's aircraft carriers

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The carrier officially entered into service after a ceremony in Hainan on Tuesday. Photo: Handout
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.