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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 06:06 PM

China Shows Off Carrier, but Experts Are Skeptical [View all]

Source: New York Times

BEIJING In a ceremony attended by the countrys top leaders, China put its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, a move intended to signal its growing military might as tensions escalate between Beijing and its neighbors over islands in nearby seas...

American military planners have played down the significance of the commissioning of the carrier. Some Navy officials have even said they would encourage China to move ahead with building its own aircraft carrier and the ships to accompany it, because it would be a waste of money.

The fact is the aircraft carrier is useless for the Chinese Navy, You Ji, a visiting senior research fellow at the National University of Singapore, said in an interview. If it is used against America, it has no survivability. If it is used against Chinas neighbors, its a sign of bullying.

Vietnam, a neighbor with whom China has fought wars, operates land-based Russian Su-30 aircraft that could pose a threat to the aircraft carrier, Mr. You said. In the South China Sea, if the carrier is damaged by the Vietnamese, its a huge loss of face, he said. Its not worth it.




Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/world/asia/china-shows-off-an-aircraft-carrier-but-experts-are-skeptical.html



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