COUNTRIES’ VIEWPOINTS ON EAST SEA

China’s deployment of aircraft carrier to East Sea: Challenge to Trump

TTXVN-VNA | 30-12-2016 | 17:32 |

Hanoi (VNA) - China has deployed an aircraft carrier to patrol the East Sea, in a move analysts described as a challenge to President-elect Donald J. Trump.

The ship, which is known as the Liaoning and is China’s first and only aircraft carrier, was spotted leading five other Chinese warships this week in patrols near the coasts of Taiwan and Japan.

Chinese military experts called the deployment of the Liaoning a long-overdue challenge to American military dominance in the Pacific.

Several said the move appeared aimed at testing Mr. Trump, who has antagonized Beijing with acerbic words and actions on issues like Taiwan, trade and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea./.

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