The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning-CV-16 docked at the Syrian port of Tartus, accompanied by a guided missile cruiser. Its arrival has upended the entire strategic situation surrounding the Syrian conflict, adding a new global dimension to Moscow and Tehran’s military support for Assad.
This sounds severe except if one understands the true background here. China has exactly ONE carrier…this one. It is a 20 year old Ukrainian aircraft carrier that was only 70% complete when Ukraine disarmed in 1998. They sold the half built ship to China who has taken 20 years to finally complete the vessel. China has no experience at all with naval air operations. In truth, the carrier arrived in Syria without a single aircraft aboard. More of this humorous sabre rattling on the next page: