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Thursday, October 17, 2019

High-resolution satellite images show that the construction of China's first full-sized aircraft carrier is progressing steadily alongside expansive infrastructure work that analysts say suggests the ship will be the first of several large vessels produced at the site. The images of the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai were taken last month and provided to Reuters by the non-partisan Centre for Strategic and International Studies.



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The vast harbor on the Yangtze River estuary, including a wharf nearly 1 kilometer long and large buildings for manufacturing ship components, is nearly complete. Much of the harbor area appeared to be abandoned farmland just a year ago, according to earlier images CSIS analysed.

It dwarfs an existing harbor nearby, where destroyers and other warships are docked.

"We can see slow but steady progress on the hull, but I think the really surprising thing these images show is the extensive infrastructure buildup that has gone on simultaneously," said CSIS analyst Matthew Funaiole.

"It is hard to imagine all this is being done for just one ship," he added. "This looks more like a specialised space for carriers and or other larger vessels."

China's navy has recently launched four large Type 055 cruisers and its first large helicopter carrier, known as the Type 075.

China's military has not formally announced the plans for the third carrier, designated Type 002, but official state media have said it is being built.

The latest carrier would be somewhat smaller the 100,000-tonne "supercarriers" operated by the US but larger than France's 42,500-tonne Charles de Gaulle.

It is expected to be China's first carrier with a flat deck and catapult launch system, allowing the use of a wider range of aircraft and more heavily armed fighter jets.

China's first two carriers, which it has dubbed Type 001-class, are relatively small, accommodating only up to 25 aircraft that are launched from ramps built onto their decks. US carriers routinely deploy with nearly four times the number of aircraft.

Foreign military attaches and security analysts say the Type 001 ships are expected to essentially serve as training platforms for what they believe will be fleet of up to six operational carriers by 2030.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-10-17 06:00 AM | Reply

Greedy capitalist American corporations paid for those ships, American citizens and workers should never forget that fact and we should be doing something about it. Trump threatens tariffs but Congress should put tariffs in place that will stay there for years because Trump is too weak to actually stand up to the Chinese. He makes a lot of noise but doesn't really do very much to protect and bring back American jobs. The Chinese laugh at him every day. Congress is who is to blame for the loss of manufacturing jobs and it is they who need to bring it back.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2019-10-17 07:23 AM | Reply

Greedy capitalist American corporations paid for those ships

China offering to make a product at a lower price for all it's customers, not just the U.S., paid for those ships.

I know working for a living in your liberal world doesnt compute.

Trump threatens tariffs but Congress should put tariffs in place that will stay there for years because Trump is too weak to actually stand up to the Chinese.

What? Are you kidding me? You must be a bot or something.

Trump is actually throwing out the old and renegotiating better deals. He's actually the ONLY President who has stood up to China.

#3 | Posted by boaz at 2019-10-17 10:18 AM | Reply

That the Americans are paying for.

#4 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-17 03:51 PM | Reply

Clinton and Finstien gave them the technology and the rest of Congress insured that the American Taxpayer paid for it.

#5 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2019-10-17 06:20 PM | Reply


#6 | Posted by fresno500 at 2019-10-17 11:17 PM | Reply

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