China reveals aircraft carrier plans


China has confirmed for the first time that it is preparing to build an aircraft carrier, a move set to heighten international concerns over the rapid expansion of its naval power.



Beijing announced its step quietly with one sentence buried at the end of a lengthy government publication.

In 2009, China put forward a plan and a programme for building an aircraft carrier,” says China’s Ocean Development Report (2010), a book published in May by the State Oceanic Administration, a body under the Ministry of Land and Resources.

“This shows that China has started entering a new historic era of comprehensively building itself into a great naval power. This is China’s historic task for the entire 21st century,” the report said.


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