Thursday, June 09, 2011

News we-already-know of the day: China's aircraft carrier is seen under construction

To quote Casablanca's Captain Renault "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!" is a floating Casino after all, right?

8 June 2011 Last updated at 08:06 ET

China aircraft carrier confirmed by general
China's aircraft carrier is seen under construction in Dalian, Liaoning province (April 2011) (above) and on Google Maps (below) The 300m (990ft) carrier, under construction in Dalian, is thought to be nearly finished

The head of China's General Staff of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) has confirmed that China's first aircraft carrier is under construction.

Gen Chen Bingde refused to say when the carrier - a remodelled Soviet-era vessel, the Varyag - would be ready.

A member of his staff said the carrier would pose no threat to other nations.

The 300m (990ft) carrier, which is being built in the north-east port of Dalian, has been one of China's worst-kept secrets, analysts say.

Gen Chen made his comments to the Chinese-language Hong Kong Commercial Daily newspaper.

Photos from 6/8/2011

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