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Aircraft carrier is a must for China

(People's Daily Online)

08:00, September 28, 2012

Chinese President Hu Jintao, also chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), inspects the guard of honor on the aircraft carrier "Liaoning" at a naval base in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 25, 2012. China's first aircraft carrier "Liaoning" was delivered and commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Tuesday after years of refitting and sea trials. (Photo/Xinhua)

China’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was formally delivered to the Chinese navy on Sept. 25, which is just an important and normal move in the development course of the Chinese navy. However, certain foreign media outlets deliberately misinterpreted it as a reflection of China’s maritime expansionism, saying the carrier would pose a threat to China’s neighboring countries and upset the geo-strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region.

In recent years, even the slightest move by the Chinese armed forces would attract the attention of many foreign media outlets, not to mention the construction of the strategically important aircraft carrier. Certain countries have made a lot of wild and completely unfounded speculation about the aircraft carrier in order to play up China’s military threat.

As the most advanced maritime operational platform of human civilization so far, aircraft carrier is considered the symbol of a country’s comprehensive national strength and naval strength, and is crucial to protecting a country’s maritime rights and interests.

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