Friday, August 12, 2011
Beijing expands naval power
China has made the maiden voyage yesterday of its first aircraft carrier. The country was building the boat since 1998 when he bought an unfinished hull of Ukraine, and still have to wait several years to be able to use it effectively.
In an interview with state television, Rear Admiral Yin Zhuo admitted that it can take four more years of training for the pilots are trained to land or take off from aircraft carriers. When it comes into operation, possibly the vessel will be positioned in the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan, near the South China Sea.
The region has been subject to constant friction with the neighboring country of the Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore due to maritime disputes. China is said to have spent U.S. $ 91.5 billion on its military budget in 2010 - just below the volume of the United States.