07 July 2017

China’s first operational aircraft carrier Liaoning arrives in Hong Kong

China's sole aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, arrives in Hong Kong waters on 7 July 2017, less than a week after a high-profile visit by president Xi JinpingImage copyright
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The Liaoning will be in Hong Kong waters for five days

China’s first operational aircraft carrier Liaoning has arrived in Hong Kong.

Its first trip outside mainland China is part of the events marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from Britain to China.

Its follows Xi Jinping’s visit last week, his first as Chinese president.

During his trip, which was marred by protests, he warned that any challenge to the Beijing central government was “impermissible”.

Hong Kong’s political climate has grown tense in recent years with increasing calls for self-determination and even independence.

The Liaoning’s presence has been viewed by some as a show of force by Beijing, but many in Hong Kong have also queued for free tickets to tour the ship.

It is accompanied by three warships, and will be anchored near Hong Kong’s Tsing Yi island for five days.

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