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    BEIJING: China is building its second aircraft carrier, a senior naval officer has told media, the most explicit confirmation yet of a widely expected move that will boost Beijing’s maritime power.

    China’s first aircraft carrier was a 300-meter (1,000-foot) Soviet-era vessel bought from Ukraine and commissioned in September 2012—at the time a milestone for the country’s growing military might.

    Since then “confirmations” from military and government officials of a second domestically built ship have been sporadically reported—and often deleted shortly afterwards.

    The news follows reports last week of another double-digit spending boost for China’s military—the world’s largest —during 2015, as the country pursues a series of territorial disputes with its neighbors.

    Senior colonel Liang Fang said China “accumulated a lot of experience” from the first vessel, the Liaoning, and told Internet portal Sohu it had now taken the “next step.”

    “The reason we imported the first aircraft carrier is so that we could be capable of building our own in the future,” she said.

    “And now, just like what some media have revealed, that is what we have done—built the second aircraft carrier,” added the officer, a professor at the National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

    Liang was responding to a question on senior PLA officers previously confirming the building of the vessel. Her comments were reported on Wednesday from an interview on the sidelines of the annual session of the National People’s Congress, the communist-controlled legislature.

    Beijing has rapidly expanded its military in recent years, rattling its neighbors and attracting the attention of the United States, which is making a foreign policy “pivot” towards Asia.

    Last month, authorities in China’s eastern Jiangsu province said in an online post that a local firm had won a contract to supply cabling “for China’s second aircraft carrier,” comments that were picked up by a local newspaper.

    AFP

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    1. Ikabod Bubwit on

      It is highly likely that the Philippine case against China over the South Chine Sea which is being heard at the UN tribunal will be resolved in favor of the Philippines. After that Chine will drill for oil in the Philippine EEZ in the South China Sea and nobody will do anything about it – including the Philippines. But of course Filipino leaders will be grinding their teeth and you know what. But China will continue to drill because it can do so without any fear. China doesn’t fear the Armed forces of the Philippines because China knows that the AFP is full of corrupt and coward men who only fights their poor fellow Filipinos !!!

    2. Well, people who know the very ancient Chinese civiliation that still going on can only smile with the endurance of that very old nation.. Except for some who act arrogantly and forgetting their roots, citizens of the Middle Kingdom are nationalistic, humble, and very patient. China suffered too much humiliation from Western Invaders during one of the lowest ebb of its history. “Nagtiis at nagsikap” their leaders and citizens and planned (not waited, unlike us) the time for their country even there are some barriers, they endured. Now, its China’s Age, which I know a peaceful one like our forefathers’ good relations with them when we were still wearing “bahag” and not yet a nation called the Philippines. Let us remember that many of us have Chinese blood, too. CONGRATS BIG BROTHER CHINA!

    3. ernesto albay on

      Its no secret that CHINA is already making preparations for maritime supremacy in ASIA.

      Philippines should start developing the island that we had claiming for a long time. We should not wait for the UNCLOS to decide since CHINA is already making preparations to own SOUTH CHINA SEA…
      the president is preoccuppied on his LOVEBUG BBL… He do not put any attention on the development over the activities in south china sea where cina doing a massive reclamations and building of permanent structures.

    4. China is increasing her number of aircraft carriers. Since we do not have a single aircraft carrier I think we should also increase the numbers of Filipino mule carriers to China.It is the only kind of carriers we have against China.lol.