China Defense Ministry Promises More Aircraft Carriers: Xinhua

China will “surely” build more aircraft carriers now that it has its first, a Defense Ministry spokesman said, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

Asked to confirm reports that China is building its first carrier from scratch, ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said today “there will surely be more in the future,” according to Xinhua. China will consider building carriers in accordance with its defense needs, he said at a briefing.

China’s first aircraft carrier, built from an incomplete Ukrainian hull and dubbed the Liaoning, began flight take-off and landing tests this year. The country’s next carrier will be larger and transport more fighters, Song Xue, the Chinese navy’s deputy chief of staff, said in April.

Satellite imagery of a shipbuilding facility near Shanghai suggests China started building an aircraft carrier, IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly said earlier this month.

— With assistance by Nick Wadhams

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