31 Aug '11, 8pm

China says aircraft carrier 'attained objectives'

China says aircraft carrier 'attained objectives'

BEIJING: China's first aircraft carrier "attained the anticipated objectives" during its maiden sea trial earlier this month, the country's defence ministry said on Wednesday, state media reported. The carrier was back at its shipyard where refurbishment and testing would be carried out, Xinhua cited a ministry spokesman as saying. But no further information was given on the "objectives", the agency added. The 300-metre ship docked in the northeastern port of Dalian earlier this month after five days of trials that sparked international concern about the country's widening naval reach. The carrier tests came amid heightened tensions over a number of maritime territorial disputes involving China, notably in the South China Sea, which is believed to be rich in oil and gas and is claimed at least in part by several countries. Xinhua said spokesman Yang Yujun told a news brief...

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