China says its first aircraft carrier is now ‘combat ready’

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning cruises for a test in the sea in May 2012. | AP

 

China’s first aircraft carrier is now ready for combat, state media said Tuesday, a key breakthrough as the Asian giant seeks to flex its naval muscle in waters far beyond its shores.

The Liaoning carrier, which had previously been portrayed in Chinese media as a surface platform for tests and training, has now “formally been described as having a real combat capacity,” the state-run Global Times said. Continue reading