World media on China's 2nd aircraft carrier
China is designing and building its second aircraft carrier in the northeastern port of Dalian. It is seen as a major step towards building a maritime power, and the start of China's long-term strategy of military modernization.
An aircraft carrier independently designed by China. The 50,000-ton vessel will be conventionally powered and carry J-15 fighter-bombers and other aircraft. Improvements in various aspects are based on scientific experiments and experience gained from China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning. The announcement has made a big splash.
The US's Associated Press describes it "a leap in its naval development" and stresses the second aircraft carried will be built "entirely with domestic technology". AP also points out China is steadily adding cutting-edge frigates, destroyers and nuclear submarines to its fleet.
Agence France Presse quotes a Chinese studies professor at the University of Nottingham. He says the Chinese navy is "already superior" to many of its neighbors. AFP says China is seeking to build a "blue water" navy capable of operating in distant seas.
Japan's Asahi Shimbun cites the AP report, saying China's rapid naval modernization is seen as aimed at asserting its maritime claims.
Reactions on social media in China have been positive. On Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, one web user says it's a gift for the holiday. Another says China is entirely within its rights to develop an aircraft carrier.
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was delivered and commissioned to the Chinese Navy in September 2012, after years of refitting and sea trials.