Hagel on Chinese Aircraft Carrier: Bonding or Flexing Muscle?
It may be an antiquated war ship, but it’s their antiquated warship. When China allowed US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel onto the Liaoning, their first functional aircraft carrier, it was perceived as the start to cooperation between two of the most powerful military forces in the world.
Then again, it might just be a way of showing off, flexing some muscle to let the United States and the world know that their navy isn’t as antiquated as it may seem from the outside. After all, the vessel is old, purchased from Ukraine in 1998, but it’s had a decade of modernizations done to it by a formidable technological force. Chances are it’s much more powerful than it was when it was built.
We may just be paranoid, but that’s our job.
According to BBC:
US officials said that the defence chief’s visit to the Liaoning at Yuchi naval base – which took place after a US request – lasted about two hours.
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