China begins sea trials of third aircraft carrier amid tensions in South China Sea

Beijing. China on Wednesday began the first sea trials of its third aircraft carrier, Fujian. Fujian is being described as the most advanced domestic warship. Beijing has started testing this warship by increasing its naval power amid increasing tensions with the US in the disputed South China Sea and Taiwan Strait. The warship left Shanghai Jiangnan Shipyard on Wednesday morning for sea trials, the state-owned Xinhua news agency reported. During the test, the reliability and stability of the aircraft carrier’s propulsion power and electrical systems will be tested.

Fujian was launched in June 2022, having completed mooring trials, equipment adjustment and other required tests. The warship also met the technical requirements required for sea trials. Ahead of the test, China has imposed maritime traffic controls around the mouth of the Yangtze River, where the Jiangnan Shipyard is deployed for military activities. According to the news, traffic control will remain in place till May 9. According to previous official reports, China plans to deploy five to six aircraft carriers in the disputed South China Sea and Taiwan Strait by 2035.

Beijing claims control over most of the South China Sea, while the Taiwan Strait separates mainland China from Taiwan. Not only this, China is also increasing its power in the Indian Ocean. Currently, the Chinese Navy is facing a standoff with US-backed Philippine naval ships in the South China Sea. The Philippines is trying to assert its claim on the Second Thomas Island in the South China Sea, while China is strongly opposing it. China claims most of the South China Sea. At the same time, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan strongly oppose this claim of China.

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