What is the worst kept secret
China's worst-kept secret
China is about to complete its first aircraft carrier. Actually, the project was secret - actually.
Now a general has finally confirmed what everyone already knew: China is on the verge of completing its first aircraft carrier. The ship is currently being equipped, General Chen Bingde told The Hong Kong Commercial Daily. The aircraft carrier is not yet finished. "If he is, we'll say more."
Chen is the most senior military official to date to approve the construction. The project has been known for years. The ship is the formerly Soviet but never completed aircraft carrier Varyag, which China bought from Ukraine in 1998. It is more symbolic of the country's military ambitions. One of Chen's staff, Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, said all major powers have an aircraft carrier. It is "the mark of a great nation".
The aircraft carrier will probably serve primarily as a training ship. Experts expect that China will soon have an aircraft carrier from its own production.
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