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China's first indigenously built aircraft carrier leaves for sea trials

China's first indigenously built aircraft carrier leaves for sea trials”

The Type 001A carrier, which has yet to be named, is expected to be commissioned by 2020.

This is a pretty big step in Chinese President Xi Jinping's goal to turn the country's navy into a "world-class force" under Chinese Communist Party leadership.

He said the vessel will be better than China's other aircraft carrier, the CNS Liao-ning, when it comes to deploying and supporting fighter jets in combat thanks to designs by Chinese engineers.

Prof Tsang added: "But for the rest of China's neighbours, the new carrier based doctrine of the People's Liberation Army is frightening, as none of them can remotely match China's new naval capabilities".

The sea trials could last as long as a year, according to the defence ministry.

Between 2010 and 2017, the Chinese Navy increased its complement of ships from 210 to 320, Boston College professor of political science Robert Ross told CNN, including another 18 in 2016 alone.

The provider, understood just as "Type 001A", set out for the trials from a port in northeastern China at around 6.45 am (2245 GMT Saturday), inning accordance with state broadcaster CCTV.

Little is known about China's aircraft program which is a state secret, according to the news wire. Furthermore, "sea trials will test the carrier's overall seaworthiness including its speed, maneuverability, and equipment such as radar and communications systems, as well as safety features", I noted in April.

And the US Navy's newest warship - the USS Gerald R Ford - has been blighted by glitches despite it being the world's most expensive at $13 billion. China a year ago established its first overseas military base in the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, where rivals such as the U.S., Japan and several European nations also have a permanent presence.

The following day, on May 11, the Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) also dispatched two groups of military aircraft to circle Taiwan from north to south, and south to north.

Compared to the rest of the Asia region, Ross said, only Japan can now equal the Chinese navy and even then they probably only had about five years before they too would be surpassed.



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