China responds to US
Comments from new US administration prompt move.
China May Base Carrier Near South China Sea
Chinese media report that the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) may base its first home-built aircraft carrier near the South China Sea, allowing for a quick response to “complicated situations.”
China’s existing carrier, the Liaoning, was purchased as an unfinished hull from Russia in 1998 and declared combat-ready late last year. She is based out of Qingdao, and recently completed a patrol of the South China Sea, the Strait of Formosa and the Sea of Japan. An aircraft carrier permanently based in southern China would add significantly to the PLAN’s presence in the region.
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