Chinese Official verifies rumours that China is building an Aircraft Carrier

WatchingWater

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'The head of China's General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has confirmed that China's first aircraft carrier is under construction.

Gen Chen Bingde refused to say when the carrier - a remodelled Soviet-era vessel, the Varyag - would be ready.

A member of his staff said the carrier would pose no threat to other nations.

The 300m (990ft) carrier, which is being built in the north-east port of Dalian, has been one of China's worst-kept secrets, analysts say.'

BBC News - China aircraft carrier confirmed by general

BBC Analysis here:
BBC News - Aircraft carrier symbol of China's naval ambitions
 
#2
In other news, Billy Knobbottom, 11, of Pissend Lancs, built a well-wicked 'crossbow' out of a couple of old drumsticks and his little sister's elastic hair ties.
 
#5
A Chinese aircraft carrier is no threat to anybody.

How long do you think it will be at sea before it has a major structural failure?
 

seaweed

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seaweed

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Means, I think, no thleat to those who lecognise Chinese tellitorial boundalies. Unfortunately in the S China Sea the Chinese version of the boudary line includes several islands, some extremely small (and therefore their surrounding sea) that are claimed by other nations.

Being dismissive of this project makes as much sense as the old assumptions that Japanese couldn't fly very well because of myopia, and that they would not be able to attack through the Malayan jungle. It will of course be some years before this ship is fully equipped and worked up. I would expect the Chinese to be tracking US catapult development with great interest and not a few dollars.
 
#11
Being dismissive of this project makes as much sense as the old assumptions that Japanese couldn't fly very well because of myopia, and that they would not be able to attack through the Malayan jungle. It will of course be some years before this ship is fully equipped and worked up. I would expect the Chinese to be tracking US catapult development with great interest and not a few dollars.
Yeah, it's 15- 20 yrs down the line that this 'game changer' will kick in.

China: a space power and with a surface fleet? Am I beling alarmist to see them vieing with the US of A for world hegemony?

Are China trying to be the new USSR [a 2nd super-power] but with a capitalist system to pay for it all?
 
#12
Saw on the news this morning that the Chinese have even built a full scale model of the carrier on dry land, so their navy types can practice and "war-game" before the real version is ready for its sea trials. Only in China.
 

Wordsmith

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You have to develop a new (for the Chinese) military capability in increments. Having a functioning (albeit obsolescent) carrier will give the Chinese practical experience. I would image that after several years of operating from it, they'll be in a position to design a home grown carrier.

They'll also have experience of how aircraft need to be designed to operate in that environment: stresses from being catapulted and arrested on landing, how to overcome salt water corrosion, etc. They'll also learn about supplying AEW, etc, from a carrier.

As Civil_Civilian remarked, it's a potential game changer 15 - 20 years down the road. By then China might have several Carrier Task Forces, Air Groups to match, and the required supporting warships and supply train. Then the fun'll begin....

Wordsmith
 
#16
Although it is well within our interests not to start a second cold war between China and the US of A, because we'll undoubtedly be on the US' side what with that insignificant NATO thing and all. A hot war, half the world away, in the Far East would be interesting to watch though.
 
#17
i bet all those desk bound Admirals and grey-funnel line execs are rubbing their hands in glee, waiting to ambush the SoS Def and explain that Britain really must build and furnish those two bloody carriers cos the naughty chinese have bigger shinier toys than we do.
IF, and its a big if, the Chinese finish it and put to sea it'll be 5 years before that ship is even nearly effective as a floating airfield. By which time the Beijing rulers may have died and the new people will probably go a different way.
 
#18
1.) Why does everyone asume that China want's to rule the world?

2.) Why does anyone think WE couold do anything about it?

In conclusion, as Confucious said "Float like a leaf in river of life" and start teaching school kids Tangarine! :)
 
#19
1.) Why does everyone asume that China want's to rule the world?
Because thats by definition what a superpower does, exert disproportionate influence over world affairs in comparison to all the other countries.

2.) Why does anyone think WE could do anything about it?
Because NATO is still the most powerful military organisation on earth and for all the PLA's size it does not have the capacity to fight anything but a losing battle against the US alone as it stands.
 
#20
That would be the NORTH ATLANTIC Treaty Organisation, would it?

AIUI, US forces assigned to the Pacific don't use standard NATO protocols and the US certainly won't want to be hamstrung by having to consult the French in any future conflict with China.
 

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