At a moment a US Navy destroyer just rolled up on China's doorstep in the South China Sea near the contested Paracel Islands, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has taken the country's first domestically-made aircraft to sea trials. Bloomberg noted of the sea trials that Beijing and Washington are locked in an escalating tit-for-tat on multiple fronts only set to get worse, for which "there is no off ramp".
H/T: Zero Hedge
"The purpose of this training is to test weapons and equipment efficiency, improve the aircraft carrier's training capability and further elevate its ability to carry out future missions," a PLA Navy statement said.
How exhilarating! PLA revealed a new video of the Chinese #1st domestically built #aircraft carrier Shandong training on the sea as J-15 fighter jets taking off the carrier smoothly. pic.twitter.com/t7eJ9AXEMU— People's Daily, China (@PDChina) May 28, 2020
China's first homegrown aircraft carrier conducting sea trials https://t.co/pt5PO26R5R— The Japan Times (@japantimes) May 30, 2020
Day or night, we are a #ForceToBeReckonedWith.#USNavy Super Hornets launch and land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier #USSTheodoreRoosevelt (CVN 71) while operating in the Philippine Sea following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the #COVID19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/Fiz1CZBn8O— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) May 29, 2020