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August 25, 2011

Sound and fury, signifying something

Trefor Moss argues the significance of the Shi Lang, formerly the Varyag, is less as a tool of hard power projection than as an asymmetric weapon of diplomatic warfare.

The first aircraft carrier in the history of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN’s), which began sea trials earlier this week and churned up no shortage of media conjecture as it got underway, has to be understood on two different levels: the symbolic and the purposive.

Symbolic and purposive: Taiwan announces the Hsiung Feng 3, its handy new anti aircraft carrier missile.

The disclosure came during a preshow media tour of the biennial Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE). Journalists inspecting the Hsiung Feng 3 were shocked to see a large mural of the Varyag being attacked by three Hsiung Feng 3 missiles. Two of the missiles impact the carrier's starboard bow and starboard quarter, with a third missile is en route to the ship.

The mural in question at the link.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 25, 2011 06:47 AM