China's First Domestically Built Aircraft Carrier May Launch Any Day Now

039;India should focus less on speeding up process of building aircraft carriers to contain China'

039;India should focus less on speeding up process of building aircraft carriers to contain China'

Putting the carrier into water marks progress in China's efforts to design and build a domestic aircraft carrier.

China now has only one operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, which was built more than 25 years ago by the Soviet Union.

It is the second aircraft carrier in the People's Liberation Army Navy and its launch was set to coincide with ongoing celebrations of the navy's 68th anniversary this week.

The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard Wednesday morning after a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor, the Soviet-built Liaoning, underwent extensive refurbishing before being commissioned in 2012.

"The Chinese fleet will cruise to the Eastern Pacific sooner or later".

However, military experts warned that China should be "mindful" of the US' 100,000-tonne nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, which is twice the size of Shandong.

The Liaoning conducted its first live-fire drill in December before heading to the South China Sea, raising concerns in Taiwan and neighbouring countries, such as Japan and Vietnam, which have overlapping territorial claims with China in the East and South China Sea.

As China expands its navy, it is projected to have a total of 265-273 warships, submarines and logistics vessels by 2020, according to the Washington, D.C. -based Center for Naval Analysis.

Fan Changlong, a vice chairman of China's powerful Central Military Commission, presided over the ceremony, Xinhua said, during which a bottle of champagne was broken on the bow.

"New Delhi should perhaps be less eager to speed up the process of building aircraft carriers in order to counter China's growing sway in the Indian Ocean, and focus more on its economy", it said.

Little is known about China's aircraft carrier programme, which is a state secret. Recent photos suggest the new carrier is quite similar to China's first, the Liaoning, which was purchased from Russian Federation and then refurbished and recommissioned, Defense News reported.

The ship, which now does not have a name, is China's first domestically built and second overall carrier, the BBC reported.

But they lack the powerful catapult technology for launching aircraft that US carriers use. The "made in China" carrier uses a ski jump-style deck for takeoffs, rather than the standard steam piston catapults on American carriers.

India could be taken as a negative example for a buildup of aircraft carriers.

"Adjust to the demands of integrated joint operations and to the new system and organisation", Xi said last Tuesday while meeting commanders of 84 corps-level units created as foundations of the reshuffle.

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