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China plays down media reports of selling aircraft carrier to Pak

China on Tuesday played down media reports that Beijing plans to sell its first aircraft carrier ‘Liaoning’ to Pakistan, saying it follows certain principles while exporting its naval ships to other countries.

A Pakistani newspaper on February 10 cited the Chinese and Russian media reports as stating that “the Chinese government has decided to sell its first and only aircraft carrier to Pakistan…for a yet-undetermined price in order to upgrade the Pakistan Navy’s capabilities.” Such a move will make the Pakistan Navy more competitive against India, which has an operational aircraft carrier, the report said, adding that ‘Liaoning’ will be resold to Pakistan after a “large-scale upgrade.” When asked for her comment on the report, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, “I have not seen the report you mentioned.” “But China has always followed principles regarding exports of its naval ships to other countries,” she said, without elaborating.

Earlier report said China, which shares close linkages with the Pakistan military, is currently building four modern naval ships for the Pakistan Navy.