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Stop making irresponsible remarks about China’s aircraft carrier

(People's Daily Online)

07:57, October 09, 2012

Photo taken in May 2012 shows a Chinese aircraft carrier cruising for a test on the sea. China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army on Sept. 25, 2012. The carrier, with the name "Liaoning" and hull number 16, was officially handed over to the Navy at a ceremony held in a naval base of northeast China's Dalian Port. (Xinhua/Li Tang)

The world’s first aircraft carrier was built nearly a century ago. China is the 10th country in the world and last one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to own an aircraft carrier. The United States alone has 11 aircraft carrier battle groups, and there is nothing special about China’s first aircraft carrier at all.

China had been a victim of foreign powers’ gunboat diplomacy for a long time, so the Chinese people have a deep desire for a strong national defense, which can ensure state sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Although China has become a military powerhouse, it will never bully the weak. Certain countries that like to bully the weak have absolutely no right to make irresponsible remarks about China’s aircraft carrier.

China needs powerful navies to guard its long coastline and vast maritime territory. Due to the interlaced security threats including local conflicts, natural disasters and terrorism, China not only faces serious challenges in safeguarding its own overseas interests but also shoulders the major responsibility for maintaining international peace and security.


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