Car­rier for Na­tional Pride

China Pictorial (English) - - Express -

July 11, Hong Kong: The Peo­ple’s Lib­er­a­tion Army naval for­ma­tion led by aircraft car­rier Liaon­ing ends its first port call in Hong Kong af­ter a five-day visit to mark the 20th an­niver­sary of Hong Kong’s re­turn to China.

As the first aircraft car­rier to en­ter active ser­vice in China, the Liaon­ing rep­re­sents a mile­stone for China’s na­tional de­fense. For Hong Kong, the ship is much more than an im­pres­sive piece of mil­i­tary hard­ware as it sig­ni­fies the im­por­tance of the spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tive re­gion to the cen­tral gov­ern­ment.


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