China completed the construction of the hull for its second aircraft carrier
It should be noted that at the moment, the Chinese Navy is armed with one aircraft carrier. This is the Liaoning included in the composition fleet about 3 years ago. At its core, this is the completed TARK "Riga" (until 2012 - "Varangian"). Launching of this warship built on the Black Sea
shipyard in Nikolaev, was held in 1988 year. He needed additional equipment, but after the collapse of the USSR, Ukraine did not have the means to complete it.
As a result, negotiations began on the sale of an aircraft carrier to China. In 1998, the transaction took place. And Ukraine then sold it at a price of 25 million dollars, which can be considered a real gift to China. It is necessary to add that they sold “Varyag” (“Liaoning”) to China not as a warship, but as a “game floating park - an amusement park”. Now the Chinese navy is "having fun" on it, and the million dollars received by Ukraine 25 quickly went to the pockets of the officials who signed up for this deal.
Details about the new aircraft carrier for the PLA Navy while a little. It is known that it is built on the principle of the Soviet aircraft carrier acquired from Ukraine.
In Beijing, they say that the carrier fleet will allow China to defend its interests in the oceans, primarily in the South China and East China Seas, where there are many disputed territories for which Beijing claims.
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