Edward Lanfranco: China’s aircraft carrier gamble

From The World Peace Herald:

China’s ambitions as a rising power have been marked by economic muscle, but how is the country spending its new wealth? Is a derelict Ukrainian warship being refitted as a carrier, casino, or destined for the scrapheap?

Zhang Guangqin, the top official overseeing the country’s burgeoning shipbuilding industry, denied Thursday his country was assembling an aircraft carrier in .

“I can say it clearly that there’s no such thing at all,” said Zhang, the vice-minister at the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National , at a briefing in Beijing. “As to building carrier or not, related governmental departments will take all factors in consideration.

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