25 Apr '11, 11am

Taiwan intelligence: China to get aircraft carrier this year. | | via @Rory_Medcalf

Taiwan intelligence: China to get aircraft carrier this year. | | via @Rory_Medcalf

This file photo taken on July 28, 2010 shows the former Soviet aircraft carrier called the Varyag being refurbished in the port city of Dalian, in northeast China's Liaoning province. Taiwan's spy chief on April 25, 2011 said China could bring its first aircraft carrier into service before the end of the year, kindling fears in Taipei over Beijing's continued naval build-up. -- PHOTO: AFP TAIPEI - TAIWAN'S spy chief on Monday said China could bring its first aircraft carrier into service before the end of the year, kindling fears in Taipei over Beijing's continued naval build-up. Tsai Teh-sheng, head of the island's National Security Bureau, said the 'Varyag' a half-completed Soviet era aircraft carrier Beijing obtained from Ukraine in 1998, is expected to make its maiden voyage before the end of 2011. The warship has been docked in China's eastern Dalian harbour where it ...

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