By Yu Runze,Sina English
"China’s first aircraft carrier, known as the Varyag, has completed its ninth sea trial on July 30. As the facilities have been installed on the carrier already, Varyag may be commissioned later this year," said Li Jie, a researcher at the Chinese Navy's Military Academy.
"The aircraft carrier may be named after a province rather than a person or a municipality," Li added.
Li also answered the question as to where the aircraft carrier will be harbored. He said with its high maneuverability and endurance, the carrier may be stationed in several bases if the requirements are met.
He added that "China is not willing to resort to armed force to solve disputes in the South China Sea." The first aircraft carrier would be thus used for research, experiments and training.
After it is commissioned, the carrier will take offshore military assignment to safeguard state sovereignty, and then it will take far-sea military assignment to safeguard state marine rights.Aircraft carrier represents a nation’s power. China’s first aircraft carrier emerges as the time requires.
"China is a country with large ocean areas, covering nearly 7,000 islands and 14,000 km-long island coastline," he said, "three or more aircraft carriers are needed to defend China's marine rights which include safeguarding sea lanes for oil and iron ore. Aircraft carrier serves as an effective deterrent because of its powerful strike capability."
"A nation should have the resolve to turn to the carrier and have the confidence in employing its power when necessary," he added.