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No plan to build second aircraft carrier: China

Chinese launched the aircraft carrier Liaoning on Sept. 25. A China Military Online/MoD photo

BEIJING (PTI): China, which commissioned its first aircraft carrier this week, has no immediate plans to build a second one, the defence ministry has said.

Chinese Defence Spokesman, Yang Yujun dismissed foreign media reports saying that China is building a second aircraft carrier in Shanghai which it plans to launch late this year.

"Such reports are inaccurate," Yang was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday.

Asked about the reports that the Navy will create an aircraft carrier formation in the future and build an aircraft carrier base in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao, Yang said "the formation is generally made up of the aircraft carrier itself, escort vessels, submarines and aircraft."

Earlier reports in the official media said China plans to build three aircraft carriers in the next few years to beef up its global naval presence.

Yang said China will plan the development of aircraft carriers in an all-round way, taking its national economic and social development and the needs of national defence and military construction into account.

China launched its sole aircraft carrier 'Liaoning' on Tuesday, propelling its fast expanding Navy's blue-water capabilities beyond the country's territorial waters at a time when the neighbourhood is witnessing high-voltage tensions in Sino-Japan ties.

The 60,000-tonne carrier Varyag, a former Soviet-era ship, was bought from Ukraine and later refurbished locally, to install engines and weapons. It underwent a year-long sea trial after the refurbishing.


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