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Varyag's sea trial should not change Taiwan Strait status quo: expert

Central News Agency

2011/08/10 21:22:44

By Chen Hung-chin and Sofia Wu

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) The inaugural sea trial of China's first aircraft carrier will not change the Taiwan Strait status quo for the time being, said Fu Tai-hsing, former head of National Defense University's Graduate Institute of Strategic Studies, on Wednesday.

Fu made the comments after reports from China that the country's first aircraft carrier, the "Varyag," had begun its maiden sea trial. The vessel was purchased from the Ukraine in 1998 and retrofitted by the People's Liberation Army.

While China's continued military buildup and rapid increases in military spending have exerted psychological pressure and threats on its neighboring countries, China has in fact encountered bottlenecks in its development of indigenous weapons, Fu said.

China has long relied on overseas procurement for the supply of firearms and military equipment. In recent years, China has given priority to enhancing weaponry self-sufficiency and actively developing its indigenous military arsenal.

Sometimes China likes to flex its military muscles or brag about its achievements in defense industry development, Fu said.

"But what the Chinese mainland dare not expose is bottlenecks it faces in development of some key technologies, components and parts," he said.

For example, major countries with aircraft carrier capability will not teach China how to land a jet fighter onto a carrier deck, Fu said.

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