BEIJING — China’s first domestically developed aircraft carrier began sea trials Sunday, state media said, Beijing’s latest milestone in efforts to modernise its military footprint.
The still-unnamed ship left dock in the northern port of Dalian at 7:00am, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.
The official Xinhua news agency confirmed the ship had left for trials with a short announcement.”Our second aircraft carrier set sail from its dock in the Dalian shipyard for relevant waters to conduct a sea trial mission, to inspect and verify the reliability and stability of mechanical systems and other equipment,” Xinhua said.
The carrier was launched this time last year but since then has been undergoing weapons fitting and work on other systems and has not yet entered service.
Chinese military experts have told state media that the carrier is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been fully kitted out and armed. But the government has said the new carrier’s design draws on experiences from the country’s first carrier, the Liaoning, which was bought second-hand from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China.Follow @gorkhapost
10 dead, 10 injured in Texas school shooting
TEXAS — A 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and pistol has opened fire in a Texas high school, killing nine fellow students and a teacher, injuring other 10, authorities say, in an attack similar to the massacre at a Florida high school in February.
Students said the gunman, identified by authorities as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, first opened fire in an art class at Santa Fe High School shortly before 8:00am on Friday.
Students and staff fled after seeing classmates injured and a fire alarm triggered a full evacuation.
Mr Pagourtzis, was denied bail after he was charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a public servant.
Law enforcement officials said they found two homemade explosive devices left at the school during the rampage.
“The suspected shooter also had explosive devices that were found in the school and nearby,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who called the assault “one of the most heinous attacks that we’ve ever seen in the history of Texas schools”.
It was the worst school shooting since the February assault on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a young man with an AR-15 rifle left 17 people dead and prompted a wave of nationwide, student-led protests calling on lawmakers to tighten gun laws.