China’s second aircraft carrier enters service: state media

China’s first aircraft carrier — the Liaoning, above, is a repurposed Soviet carrier bought from Ukraine that went into service in 2012. (AFP)
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Updated 17 December 2019

China’s second aircraft carrier enters service: state media

  • Commissioning of the ship, which has been named the Shandong, puts China in a small club of nations with multiple aircraft carriers
  • China has one other carrier, the Liaoning, a repurposed Soviet carrier bought from Ukraine

BEIJING: China’s second aircraft carrier entered service on Tuesday, adding major firepower to its military ambitions as it faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional neighbors around the disputed South China Sea.
The commissioning of the ship, which has been named the Shandong, puts China in a small club of nations with multiple aircraft carriers and the country is reportedly building a third.
China’s first domestically built carrier was delivered and commissioned to the People’s Liberation Army navy in Sanya, on the southern island of Hainan, at a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, state media said.
Hainan province is in the South China Sea east of Vietnam, which has competing claims in the waterway along with China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Brunei.
In November China confirmed that the ship had sailed through the Taiwan Strait for “routine” training and tests, drawing the ire of Taipei.
China, which sees democratic Taiwan as part of its territory, has stepped up military drills around the island since Beijing-skeptic President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election, came to power in 2016.
China has one other carrier — the Liaoning, a repurposed Soviet carrier bought from Ukraine that went into service in 2012.


Thailand reports 103 new coronavirus and 4 new deaths; total cases at 1,978

Updated 03 April 2020

Thailand reports 103 new coronavirus and 4 new deaths; total cases at 1,978

  • Three new deaths ages between 72 and 84 were connected to a crowded boxing match that saw a large number of infections

BANGKOK: Thailand on Friday reported 103 new coronavirus cases and four more deaths, bringing its total number cases to 1,978, a health official said.
There were four new deaths, bringing total fatalities to 19, said a spokesman for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, Taweesin Wisanuyothin.
The new deaths were all Thai males, including a 59-year-old who worked on a train.
Three new deaths ages between 72 and 84 were connected to a crowded boxing match that saw a large number of infections.