China boosts naval power with new aircraft carrier

China's first domestically developed aircraft carrier is launched in Dalian, Liaoning Province, Wednesday.

China on Wednesday launched the first aircraft carrier the country has built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and trade routes.

"Putting the carrier into water marks progress in China's efforts to design and build a domestic aircraft carrier", the official Xinhua news agency said.

The first aircraft carrier was the Liaoning, which was a refitted former Soviet Union-made carrier.

Please understand that womenofchina.cn, a non-profit, information-communication website, can not reach every writer before using articles and images. As part of the ceremony, a bottle of champagne was broken on the bow. The U.S. Navy has 323,000 personnel to China's 235,000.

State media said the carrier, designed in China and built in the northeast port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020. These carriers do not, however, possess the catapult technology the USA carriers have and which is used to launch aircraft.

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A fleet of three Chinese naval ships left Shanghai in the morning for a friendly visit to more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. It may be recalled that earlier there was plenty of speculation regarding China's first home built aircraft carrier based on satellite images and photographs.

Unlike the standard steam piston catapults used to launch jets on American carriers, China's new vessel has a ski jump-style deck for takeoffs. It is still unclear if the new carrier will retain the Type 348 phased array radar of the Liaoning.

The carrier's hull is fully constructed along with propulsion, power and other systems, Xinhua reported.

Only a limited number of countries, including the US, Russia, France and Britain, have the capability to design and operate aircraft carriers, which allow nations to protect overseas economic interests and project power far from their shores.

India has plans to develop a nuclear powered 65, 000 tons INS Vishal aircraft carrier.

Along with their role in protecting China's maritime interests, Chinese naval strategists see the carrier programme as "about having naval power commensurate with China's global status, to impress both external and domestic audiences", noted China expert Michael Chase of the United States think-tank Rand Corporation.

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