The handover of the vessel comes as China and Japan are
embroiled in a dispute over islands they both claim and China is
concerned over renewed U.S. military interest in Asia.
The carrier, called the Liaoning, was originally purchased
from Ukraine and has undergone extensive renovation in the
Chinese port of Dalian.
“The entry into the ranks of this aircraft carrier will
raise the level of modernisation of China’s overall naval
operational forces,” the ministry said on its website