China shows off new aircraft carrier to US defence chief
Published on Apr 7, 2014 7:49 AM
TOKYO (AFP) - China will show off its new aircraft carrier to US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday, allowing the Pentagon chief a first-hand look at a symbol of the country's growing military prowess.
Hagel will kick off a three-day tour of China with a visit to the carrier at Yuchi naval base in Qingdao, the first foreigner allowed aboard the vessel by the often secretive Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), officials said.
The carrier visit was "significant" as Washington has tried to forge a dialogue with China's top brass to defuse tensions and prodded Beijing to be more open about its military, said a senior US defence official.
"We requested this and they agreed," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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