China’s military has revealed it is building its first aircraft carrier, which is expected to begin sea trials in June.
The former Soviet carrier Varyag, renamed Shi Lang in Chinese service, is expected to primarily be used for training.
The Hong Kong Commercial Daily reported earlier this month that Gen. Chen Bingde told the newspaper that the carrier was being outfitted, though he refused to give a timetable for its completion. “The carrier is now being built. It’s not completed. When it is, we’ll say more.”