China lands first jet on its aircraft carrier
BEIJING – China has successfully landed a fighter jet on its first aircraft carrier, which entered service two months ago, the country's official news agency confirmed Sunday.
The Liaoning aircraft carrier underscores China's ambitions to be a leading Asian naval power, but it is not expected to carry a full complement of planes or be ready for combat for some time.
This was the same aircraft carrier, mind you, that the Chinese purchased from the Soviet Union back in the Clinton days - and we were told it was going to be a floating casino. Why would the Chinese need an aircraft carrier, skeptics scoffed; they'll never match us in naval power. Those of us who were concerned about the Chinese acquiring Soviet military hardware were ridiculed as right wing extremists looking for a new boogeyman in the collapse of the USSR and the end of the Cold war.
Well, here we are some 14 years later and our capabilities are degrading - and the subject of Presidential ridicule during debates - while the Chinese are projecting international naval power for the first time in recorded history. Wonder how much exported computer technology from the 1990s wound up in that carrier? Wonder how much they've been able to reverse engineer since 1998?
May you live in interesting times, indeed...
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