采访/陈汉 编辑/宋风 后制/孙宁
U.S. Defense Secretary Visited the Liaoning Aircraft Carrier.
Why is the Chinese Communist Party Showing Weakness?
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in China on
March 7 for a four-day visit.
However, it is unusual that Hagel visited China Qingdao naval
Liaoning aircraft carrier in the first day.
Why did the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) allow Americans
to visit its most advanced military equipment?
Let’s look at the reports.
The first stop for Chuck Hagel was not Beijing,
but the Qingdao naval base.
Hagel and his party took about two hours to visit the CCP’s
first aircraft carrier the Liaoning.
The official said Hagel was the first official visitor from
outside China to be allowed on board the Liaoning.
A U.S. Defense Force Senior Officer confirmed that China
allowed the U.S. to visit the aircraft carrier.
He said the visit is significant because Liaoning aircraft carrier
is seen as a symbol of China’s growing naval power as well
as ambition for greater global influence.
The Liaoning is a Soviet-era vessel bought from the Ukraine
in the name of tourist recreation.
It was sailed back to China in 2002. It was later modified as
an aircraft carrier in September 2012
The CCP plans to deploy 30 aircrafts on Liaoning aircraft
carrier in 2015.
U.S. political commentator Wu Fan: “The boat is actually a
decoration, not of too much use.
The Americans only wonder how far advanced your aircraft
carrier technique is with firsthand information."
Yan Zhensheng Director of the Institute of International
Relations, Taiwan National Chengchi University, believes
that the CCP allowed the U.S. Defense Secretary on board
the Liaoning carrier to gain their trust.
Singapore regional security expert Ian Storey also believes
Hagel’s boarding the Liaoning carrier symbolizes China’s
goodwill to the United States, who can also learn the actual
defense capability of the carrier.
Since there is a huge gap between China and U.S. aircraft
carriers, the CCP arrangement is actually to show weakness
that their aircraft carrier is not enough to dominate, certainly
not compete with the United States.
Before that, some Chinese military believe that the aircraft
carrier is at least 30 years behind the United States.
It is also believed by outsiders that the Liaoning carrier is far
less sophisticated than U.S. carriers.
Before China, Hagel visited Japan first and reaffirmed the
military commitment from the U.S.
Hagel indirectly delivered strong warnings to China not to
push on the disputed islands’ sovereignty of South and East
Sea as a big country.
Hagel said that the U.S. is against China changing the status
quo in any form unilaterally and stressed that all nations and
all people deserve respect no matter how large or how small.
There shouldn’t be invasion of territory, dignity or national
sovereignty by violence, coercion and intimidation.
Hagel promised to deploy two additional ballistic missile
defense destroyers to Japan making a total of seven U.S.
ballistic missile defense warships.
Hagel’s announcement follows deployment of a second
early warning U.S. radar to Japan, P-8 maritime surveillance
aircraft and plans to send unmanned Global Hawk drones.
Yan Zhensheng: “Japan is an ally of the United States. The
Philippines is also a U.S. ally.
Will it affect the relationship between China and the U.S. if
the U.S. supports Japan and the Philippines?"
Yan Zhensheng believes that the U.S. hopes China takes
on responsibility over the Ukraine, Syria, and the Korean
He would like to see an alliance with China on some issues
since the U.S. and Russia became enemies over the Ukraine.
The US needs to prevent China destabilizing the
situation in Southeast Asia.
President Barack Obama’s diplomatic point man for East Asia,
Daniel Russel, issued a statement on April 3.
He said that retaliatory sanctions imposed on Russia by
the U.S., the EU and others should have a “chilling effect
on anyone in China who might contemplate the Crimea
annexation as a model.
The CCP should not doubt the U.S. commitment
to defend its Asian allies.
Wu Fan: The purpose of Hagel’s visit is to warn the CCP not
to think too much and follow Putin.
Commentator Wu Fan believes that Russian President
Vladimir Putin took the Crimea from Ukraine and still
further expanded to the east.
So it’s very important to the U.S. to dispel China’s thoughts
on Taiwan and the Diaoyu Islands.
Interview/Chen Han Edit/Song Feng Post-Production/Sun Ning