China has unveiled its new, upcoming military aircraft carrier, The Shandong.
A most interesting point to note is where this carrier will be located.
According to Reuters and other sources, The Shandong will be stationed in the contentious and disputed area of the South China Sea.
This aquatic region is an area of tension with the U.S. and foreign neighbors due to China’s aggressive expansion in the territory.
The South China Morning Post claims the Chinese government’s decision to place the carrier in contested waters is due to the fact that the military will be readily prepared for “complicated situations,” should they arise.
The future base of operations for The Shandong is currently unknown.
China’s expansion in recent months has raised international questions regarding the global legality of “grabbing” territories that are in dispute.
U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson has threatened Beijing, stating they will face dire consequences if construction and expansion in the contested waters do not cease.
China’s only other carrier besides The Shandong is The Liaoning, which is based in the northern Qingdao region, facing foreign neighbors Japan and South Korea.
The Shandong’s location will be infringing in proximity towards Taiwan, a country on the verges of hoping to declare independence from China.
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