Sea­plane to pro­tect mar­itime rights

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China will be able to use its first do­mes­ti­cally de­vel­oped am­phibi­ous plane to en­hance its op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity at sea and safe­guard its mar­itime in­ter­ests, ac­cord­ing to the air­craft’s chief designer.

“The pri­mary uses of the AG-600 will be for­est fire con­trol and mar­itime search and res­cue,” Huang Ling­cai told China Daily. “But it can also play an im­por­tant role in lawen­force­ment tasks at sea and other mar­itime op­er­a­tions that pro­tect our rights and in­ter­ests.” The plane will make its maiden flight in the first half of next year.

Huang was speak­ing af­ter a cer­e­mony in Han-zhong, Shaanxi prov­ince, mark­ing the de­liv­ery of its rear fuse­lage. The 17.5-me­ter sec­tion was man­u­fac­tured by the Shaanxi Air­craft Corp, a sub­sidiary of Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China, the com­pany that de­signed and is build­ing the plane. (Photo 3)

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Tourists dressed in warm clothes wait for sun­rise on the sum­mit of Mount Tais­han in Tai’an city, East China’s Shan­dong prov­ince on Sun­day morn­ing. The three-day La­bor Day hol­i­day will begin on Fri­day dur­ing which many Chi­nese are ex­pected to visit fa­mous sites with their fam­i­lies.

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