The construction of China’s second aircraft carrier appears to be imminent, reports the Global Times, a tabloid under the auspices of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily.
On Saturday, the official microblog of the Changzhou city government in east China’s Jiangsu province posted that a local company, Jiangsu Shangshang Cable Group, has won a tender to supply cabling for “China’s second aircraft carrier.”
The post was backed up by a report by the Changzhou Evening News on the same day, though both the microblog post and the article were deleted shortly after publication.
It remains unclear whether the new aircraft carrier will be conventionally or nuclear powered, though according to the Voice of Russia, China intends to have two conventionally-powered aircraft carriers to accumulate the necessary experience to boost the PLA Navy’s offshore attack capabilities.
Full article: China’s 2nd aircraft carrier nears construction phase: report (Want China Times)