China’s first locally-built aircraft carrier is taking part in drill exercises.
After sailing through the Taiwan Strait in a mission condemned by Taipei, it is now on its way to the South Sea for tests. Taipei criticized the mission calling it intimidation.
Taiwan’s defense ministry commented about a Chinese carrier passing through the sensitive strait with Japanese vessels tailing it on Sunday. They alleged Beijing trying to intimidate the island before the presidential election in January.
In the justification statement, the Chinese Navy explained the motives behind the move. It mentioned they passed through the Taiwan strait going to the South Se only for scientific tests and routine drills.
“The organization of the trails and drills of the domestic aircraft carrier trough the region is a normal arrangement in the construction process of the aircraft carrier. It is not aimed at any specific target and has nothing to do with the current situation.”
The Chinese Navy whispered no words on the carrier being trailed by American and Japanese ships mentioned by Taiwan’s defense ministry in his statement.
The carrier is yet to be designated an identity. The details on China’s unnamed carrier program is a closed affair. The only update being known is that the ship has been undergoing sea trials from the northern port city of Dalian, its origin. The sea trials began last year and the carrier is expected to be on the field by 2020 once it is well equipped for the service.