China: Regime launches third aircraft carrier

Source: Reuters

“China launched its third aircraft carrier on Friday, the Fujian, named after the province opposite self-ruled Taiwan, sending a statement of intent to rivals as it modernises its military. President Xi Jinping has made overhauling the world’s largest armed forces a central part of his agenda, seeking to project power well beyond China’s shores, though the government says it has no hostile intent. … The aircraft carrier features a full-length flight deck with a catapult launch system, according to state media. The Fujian will join the Shandong, commissioned in late 2019, and the Liaoning, which China bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted domestically. China is still honing its ability to operate the carriers, and integrate them into battle groups, something the United States has been doing for decades. Only the United States, with 11 aircraft carriers, has more of the vessels.” (06/17/22)