Saturday, April 30, 2011

What's In A Name?

PLAN navy carrier Shi Lang ( ex Soviet Varyag )

China's New Aircraft Carrier: A Menacing Name? -- Global Post

History speaks loudly in Asia. Heads up, Taiwan!

BOSTON — The Chinese military is putting the finishing touches on its first aircraft carrier, which could set sail later in 2011.

What will its first mission be? Officials aren't saying. But its neighbors worry that the vessel’s putative name may provide a not-so-subtle hint.

The ship is rumored to be called the Shi Lang, after a Qing Dynasty admiral who in 1681 conquered the Kingdom of Tungning — a territory better known today as Taiwan.

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My Comment:
In China .... there are no coincidences. The name will be chosen to make a message, and being China's first aircraft carrier, that name will be deliberately chosen to make a worldwide message.

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