China pushes its pawns into the Taiwan Strait

Inaugurated on June 17, the Fujian, named after the province facing the Taiwan Strait, is China’s third aircraft carrier. It has electromagnetic catapults allowing it to compete with the US Navy. Li Gang/Xinhua/ABACA

ANALYSIS – The United States is concerned about Beijing’s increased claims over the strait, amid heightened tension between the world’s two biggest powers.

Fanfare, water jets and red flag. The bottle of champagne smashed against the hull of the steel juggernaut in the dry dock of the Shanghai shipyard, revealing its baptismal name, heavy with patriotic meaning, under the cheers of the crowd at attention. The third Chinese aircraft carrier launched on June 17 is called Fujian, named after the province facing the Taiwan Strait. A whole symbol, staged with a lot of propaganda, to show Beijing’s determination to accomplish the “historical reunification missionwhile the United States multiplies the signals of support for the democratic island. “This aircraft carrier is the spearhead of the taiwan recovery!ignites a patriotic Internet user on Weibo, where the video has been viewed more than 1.6 billion times. Already, the official press is buzzing with rumors about the identity of the future home port of theFujian . The name of Taiwan is on everyone’s lips…

After the Liaoningand the Shandongthe imposing vessel of about 300 meters…

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