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Top 10 international military news of 2012 named by PLA Daily

(China Military Online)

08:26, January 08, 2013

1. China's first aircraft carrier, the "Liaoning" ship, was officially delivered to PLA Navy.

After the construction, test and trial navigation were completed as scheduled, China's first aircraft carrier was formally delivered to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on September 25, 2012.

Approved by the Central Military Commission (CMC), it was named the "Liaoning" ship of the PLA Navy with a designated hull number of "16". Related scientific experiments and military trainings continued following the official delivery and commissioning of the "Liaoning" ship.

On November 25, Chinese Navy's first batch of carrier-borne aircraft pilots successfully flew the home-made J-15 fighters to accomplish the arrested deck landing and ski-jump takeoff on the "Liaoning" ship.

2. The U.S. announced new military strategy.

US President Barack Obama announced a new military strategy on January 5, 2012 to shift U.S. focus to the Asia-Pacific region. According to the strategy, the U.S. will slim down its army's scale, reduce its military presence in Europe and strengthen its military presence to the Asia-Pacific region.

The US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expounded the "rebalance strategy in Asia-Pacific region" at the Shangri-La Dialogue on June 2, 2012 and stated that the U.S. would deploy 60% of its warships in the Pacific Ocean by 2020.

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