China's Aircraft Carrier: Just an Old Russian Ship That Can't Fight?

You make the call.  China’s Aircraft Carrier: Just an Old Russian Ship That Can’t Fight? The Liaoning, Beijing’s first aircraft carrier, is a refurbished second-hand vessel. Party mouthpieces have all refrained from using the carrier’s former name, Varyag – no surprise, given that the Liaoning was a rusty, semi-scrap hull from Ukraine before it was given a new lease of life (and renamed after the northeastern province where the ship underwent a seven-year refit).


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