China: “Construction of the Second of Four Planned Aircraft Carriers is Under Way Top Government Officials Confirm”

#AceWorldNews says according to the AFP China has started constructing the second of four planned aircraft carriers, a top government official said according to media reports on Saturday.
The ship is under construction in the north-eastern port of Dalian and will take six years to build, the reports said quoting Wang Min, Communist Party chief for Dalian’s Liaoning province.
The country’s first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was completed in September 2012 in a symbolic milestone for the country’s increasingly muscular military.
Another two are in the pipeline, according to Wang, in a projection of power that could be seen as contradicting Beijing’s long-stated policy of arming itself strictly for self-defence.
When the Liaoning went into service, Beijing and Tokyo were locked in a territorial row over the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus.

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