China begins work on third aircraft carrier
Beijing, Jan 5 (IANS) China has begun working on its third aircraft carrier, a development reflective of its ambition to become a dominant sea power.
The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post has reported that work on the aircraft carrier began after March last year.
The paper quoted a source saying that work was still on at the carrier’s hull and will be finished in about two years.
The source also said building the third carrier will be challenging than the other two.
China last year launched its first home-grown aircraft carrier, which is likely to operate later this year.
The one in service, Liaoning, was bought unfinished from the former USSR.
The sources, according to the report, said it was too early to say about the launch of the third aircraft carrier.
According to naval experts, China plans to have four aircraft carrier battle groups in service by 2030.
With maritime disputes and tensions with several countries, China is rapidly building its navy.