The Chinese Navy is repairing an ex-Soviet aircraft carrier, according to media reports. While it would require more work to make it functional, the vessel would be China's first carrier. Michele Norris talks with Andrew Koch of Jane's Defence Weekly.
Koch and his colleague Yihong Chang report this week on repairs that China's People's Liberation Army Navy is making to the carrier Varyag. In images obtained by Jane's, workers at the Chinese Dalian Shipyard appear to have repainted the Varyag in the country's military colors.
The ship, built in the 1980s, was auctioned by Ukraine after the fall of the Soviet Union. It was purchased by a Hong Kong company, with the stated purpose of creating a hotel and resort craft.