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China launches first domestically-built aircraft carrier

By Michael Martina

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China is rumoured to have bought further old aircraft carriers from other nations in order to study design features.

North Korea was warm and happy in the knowledge that China protected their back. Now they must be feeling a little draughty in the their back passages with this new carrier based up behind them.

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No doubt Trump and Pence will be wanting a carrier battlegroup sent to China now...

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I am surprised it took them this long. If you want to read up on carriers, check out how many were actually made by America during world war II.

Started out with 7 and went up and over 160 or so during. That is amazing.

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I doubt whether the fighter and attack aircraft launched from this ship will be anywhere near a match for the carrier-based US aircraft, like the Super Hornet.

An aircraft carrier isn't simply a ship, it's one of the world's most complex systems. And building the ship was the easy part.

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Sure looks like a flattop, but I am wondering if China has the capabilities to replenish and refuel out in the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean.  I would love to see what a Chinese task force looks like.

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Tell the Chinese how complicated it is to build, and that they can't possibly do it, and there will only be one result.

The world has the Chinese building all their electronics and white goods already...

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China has long known that to continue to increase its economic power in the Indian and Pacific Ocean regions it needs to increase the size and strength of its commercial and military navies.

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May it sink under its own weight

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It will be almost 3 years before this is operational. Now they merely know it floats.

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No doubt Trump and Pence will be wanting a carrier battlegroup sent to China now...

If China engages in suspicious provocative moves, I would hope so.

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Only 4 countries in the world capable of building 60000+ tonne carrier: USA, UK, China, Japan (capable but not yet built one).

China launching a 65000 tonne (full displacement) carrier is a feat in itself.

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But they don't even have aircraft carriers

But they can only buy old aircraft carriers, not build them

But they can't make their carriers as technologically advanced

I see a pattern here.

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Copying a foreign designed and built aircraft carrier is really the simple part. Learning to operate a carrier effectively is the harder part. Historically, Japan is the only Asian country that has any experience using carriers.

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