First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials: state media

First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials: state media

First China-made aircraft carrier starts sea trials: state media

China's first domestic-built aircraft carrier has been sent on its first voyage for sea trials, according to Chinese media.

This May 9, 2018, photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency shows China's aircraft carrier Liaoning at a shipyard in Dalian. She is 315 meters (1,033 feet) long and 75 meters (246 feet) wide.

First aircraft carrier - the Liaoning was bought from Ukraine, completed and modernized.

A third aircraft carrier is being built in Shanghai, according to state media, although the Defense Ministry has yet to confirm this.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is overseeing an ambitious plan to update the armed forces as China ramps up its presence in the disputed South China Sea. The carrier was launched - moved into the water - in April past year, the China Daily reported. Last month, the local maritime authority announced that it had requested three areas in the northeastern Bohai and Yellow Seas to be cordoned off for PLA Navy activities for eight days raising expectations that the Type 001A was going to set out for its maiden voyage that month.

But CNN reports the new vessel still won't be enough to rival the United States, but will boost the navy's standing in Asia. May 13, at the dawn of the warship left the dock for sea trials. During the test will be tested on the ability of the power plant, observation systems and radar.

Xinhua News Agency China's aircraft carrier leaves Dalian in northeast China's Liaoning Province for sea trials Sunday

Although China is far from catching up with the United States, its military budget this year rose by eight per cent as the military pushes for modernisation.

It has been deployed to assert China's claim to virtually the entire South China Sea and is increasingly ranging farther into the Pacific and Indian oceans.

Nevertheless, Beijing has actually started a comprehensive job to develop a "blue water" navy and modernise its 2 million-strong military, the world's biggest.

The ship, the largest and most sophisticated naval vessel in China, was designed and built by the nation on its own.

Last week, USA intelligence assessed that there is a high probability the Chinese military had deployed anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to three artificial islands there during recent military drills.

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