China: Regime launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

Source: Yahoo! News

“China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea. State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, China’s second and built in the northeastern port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been kitted out and armed. … China’s navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places.” [editor’s note: And yet when the US launches a new warship, as it does much more often than China, it’s not considered alarming or a function of the crisis of the moment … – TLK] (04/26/17)