China releases footage of fighter jet ‘Flying Shark’ drilling on its second aircraft carrier

China‘s state broadcaster has released new footage of a warplane performing take-off and landing tasks from the country’s second aircraft carrier, which is based in the disputed South China Sea. Clips of the J-15 fighter jet, billed as the ‘Flying Shark’, drilling on the Shandong were shown by China Central Television Station less than three weeks after the domestically developed warship entered service in the southernmost part of China. The commission of the 50,000-tonne vessel came as Beijing faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional…

China latest: US warns Beijing after attempt to ‘coerce’ Taiwan by new aircraft carrier | World | News

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence said Shandong and accompanying frigates sailed northwards through the Strait. Taiwan will see Presidential elections on January 11 with incumbent Tsai Ing-wen facing Han Kuo-yu of the Kuomintang (KMT) and James Soong of People First. The US State Department called on Beijing to “abstain from coercion that would jeopardise the security, or the social or economic system, of the people [in] Taiwan”. It added: “The United States has a deep and abiding interest in cross-strait peace and stability. Taiwan is a reliable partner, a democratic role…

China Sails Carrier Group Through Taiwan Strait as Election Nears

TAIPEI/BEIJING — China has sailed its new aircraft carrier into the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Thursday, as a presidential election campaigning was in full swing on the island amid heighten tension with Beijing. Democratic Taiwan is claimed by China as a wayward province and is the Communist Party’s most sensitive and important territorial issue. China has threatened to attack if Taiwan moves toward formal independence. Taiwan holds a presidential vote on Jan. 11 with President Tsai Ing-wen hoping to win re-election. She has repeatedly mentioned what she…

China releases first pictures of Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya

The official website of the Chinese Ministry of Defense has published first pictures of the Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya, China. China’s first domestically-made aircraft carrier Shandong (Hull 17) was officially commissioned to the PLA Navy at a military port in Sanya, South China’s Hainan Province, on the afternoon of December 17, 2019. Shandong Chinese-made aircraft carrier a naval port in Sanya. (Picture source China MoD) China is now one of the few countries in the world that have multiple carriers. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the…

China’s New Aircraft Carrier Shandong: 5 Things You Need to Know

On December 17, 2019 at the sunny beach resort city of Sanya on Hainan Island, China officially commissioned its first homebuilt aircraft carrier into the PLA Navy in a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, following more than eighteen months of sea trials. Like her sistership Liaoning, she is named after a province in northeastern China. The commissioning of the 315-meter long vessel four years after she was laid down in Liaoning province March 2015 by Dalian Shipbuilding is another milestone achievement for the PLA Navy that must be gauged…

South China Sea latest: Aircraft carrier ‘very likely’ to confront other nations | World | News

The new warship is the first home-made carrier used by Beijing and unlike Liaoning, the nation’s first aircraft carrier, will be used mainly for combat and not training. China’s claim to the waters of the South China Sea overlaps with other claimants. As reported by South China Morning Post, a commentary posted by social media account linked to People’s Daily said: “The main strategic focus of the Shandong will be on waters around the South China Sea. “Recently, military vessels and aircraft from some nations have been carrying out so-called freedom…

China-made aircraft carrier set for service in South China Sea:The Asahi Shimbun

BEIJING–Shandong, China’s first domestically built aircraft carrier, officially entered service Dec. 17 as a major prong in Chinese President Xi Jinping’s strategy to establish a world-class naval force in the fractious South China Sea. Xi, who also heads the Central Military Commission, attended the commissioning ceremony held at a naval port in Sanya in southern China’s Hainan Province, state news agency Xinhua reported. Xi is anxious to improve efficiency in military operations while closing the gap in terms of strength of maritime forces with the United States, which operates 11…