The Chinese Ministry of National Defense said on Thursday that whether a new port being built in Hainan province could host aircraft carriers, as some media have recently speculated, would be decided “in accordance with the tasks required”.
Canada-based Kanwa Asian Defense, a regional defense magazine, said in its August issue that a 700-meter dock in Sanya City, is a second aircraft carrier base for the People’s Liberation Army navy.
The South China Morning Post quoted the magazine as saying that China “has put the finishing touches to the world’s longest aircraft carrier dock,” and the facility could service carriers on both of its sides.
Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said in Beijing on Thursday, “The construction of the facilities will be determined in accordance with the tasks required.”
Zhang Junshe, a senior researcher at the PLA Naval Military Studies Research Institute, said that building such a base “is very normal”, since the country will have more than one aircraft carrier and requires more facilities capable of accommodating the giant vessels.
Ruan Zongze, vice-president of the China Institute of International Studies, said it is necessary for China to improve its military capability “to ensure peace and stability in the South China Sea region”.