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ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperChina / PoliticsTop NewsPoliticsSocietyBusinessCover StoryScience/TechPeoplePhotosMetro BeijingRegionalHagels Liaoning tour sign of Chinas transparency, confidence(Xinhua) Updated:2014-04-08 18:28Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallBEIJING – US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel became the first foreigner to visit Chinas only aircraft carrier Liaoning on Monday. It was a genuine gesture showing Chinas transparency, and its growing confidence.Carriers have always boasted a symbolic standing in not only military but also a nations comprehensive strength. The Liaoning was developed based on a Soviet-made warship that was sold to China by Ukraine. It was delivered to the navy in 2012.The commissioning of Liaoning meant China achieved its dream of having an aircraft carrier, as the country had been bullied by western powers due to its lack of a powerful navy. By opening up the Liaoning, the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) showed great sincerity to its US counterpart.Little news used to come out of the PLA. However, as Chinese authorities seek a more transparent image, the army has also made efforts in this area.Hagels tour was only one of many strides China has taken to assure the international community of its good faith in defense, which includes regular publication of national defense white papers, publicity of once classified code designations of the 18 army groups, and the appointment of spokespersons.From another point of view, there is nothing to hide from the worlds only superpower. Liaoning is a medium-sized conventionally powered aircraft carrier, which lags far behind the larger, more advanced and nuclear-powered US Nimitz Class carriers, let alone the latest Gerald Ford Class.The confidence of China comes not from the buildup of its arsenal, but from the understanding of its role as a developing country and its peaceful development path, which begs a defense policy with a defensive nature.But Chinas grace should not be taken for granted and its concerns should be addressed.Hagel on Tuesday pointed to cyber security as an example of an area where the US would like China to be more transparent. That is in fact where the US owes China an explanation, as the US had been reported to have penetrated the cyber networks of Chinese government assets and private telecommunications equipment maker Huawei.Hagel is also expected to talk about issues that are of great importance to China, such as the East China Sea and the South China Sea, where the countrys core interests in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity seems, to put modestly, insufficiently appreciated by the United States.Just prior to his China visit, Hagel announced that the US would forward-deploy two additional Aegis ballistic missile defense ships to Japan, whose government infringed on Chinas territories that have led to an all-time low in bilateral ties.As a mutually beneficial relationship goes, the burden of transparency is not on China alone.8.03KPhotoNight views of Harbin through the lensTibetans take train home after pilgrimage or travellingWorlds largest shaftless Ferris wheel built in ChinaAncient cities to be connected by Xian-Chengdu high-speed railwaySnow turns Harbin into winter wonderlandReed Catkin Festival held in WuhanSocietyPoliticsHot TopicsScience/TechBusinessCover StoryFTZ simplifies process to launch businessesJapan can offer experience, expat saysApplication for work streamlinedAwareness of law aids resolutionAir Force units explore new airspaceLow wages and lack of respect responsible for kindergarten abuse, experts sayLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchAgency ensuring natural gas supplyUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingChina moves to secure natural gas supply amid rising winter demandXi asks China, Canada to work for substantial tiesCooperation necessary for success, leaders sayLiving in space: How astronauts train, eat and workTeachers excused for lunchtime drinksWaiting for Shenzhou XICancer agent found in 44 cities drinking waterAt Ikea eatery, its no pay, no stayChina lose 2-0 to Uzbekistan in World Cup qualifier, coach Gao resignsC919 gains another 55 orders, lifting total orders to 785Services offset dip in manufacturingFintech to energize real economy, cut risksChinas Long March rockets complete 60 commercial launchesEngineers achieve breakthroughChina-made components add securityOnline shopping rings up customer complaintsImport expo to focus on advanced techSME mobile market platform receives first clientsChina top importer of US soybeansAir China opens direct route from Beijing to BarcelonaInsurance-based trust launchedDandelion helping to sow the seeds of stability for membersCover storyVisa change may boost tourism to USThe wrong side of the roadBuilding ban begins to biteVillagers call on Japan to atone for massacreMost ViewedTodays Top NewsMore female officials caught in corruptionWhampoa veterans recorded with gloryPolice bust 9 terrorist groups in XinjiangKnife-wielding attackers seized in XinjiangNew regulation leads to drop in petitioned casesHunan plant shut as probe into lead poisoning beginsPolice boost efforts to combat gamblingProject offers jobs openings to legal expertsExperts: Dog meat festival illegalNation looks to upgradepipeline networksSquare dancing in Russias most famous square. 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