China says carrier met targets in first sea trial
Beijing: China says its first aircraft carrier attained all its set objectives in its initial sea trial last month.
According to Thursday's official Global Times newspaper, Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun says the refurbished ex-Soviet carrier will continue to undergo testing. He gave no further details.
China says the ship is intended for research and training, pointing to longer-term plans to build up to three additional clones of the carrier in China's own shipyards.
Beijing's carrier program is an outgrowth of the country's burgeoning military expansion, driven largely by bragging rights and national prestige. It could also come into play in furthering China's claim to Taiwan and disputed territory in the South China Sea.