My friend, Jenifer Dyer (Cmdr US Naval Intel retired) has a great piece on the latest CNN Chinese Propaganda report. You have to read her whole report.
CNN reports Chinese naval movements like a Cold War Soviet satellite reporting the latest political edicts from Moscow
Don’t fail to go to the link and read it for yourselves. It has to be read to be believed.
During the Cold War, the CIA press-clipping service once known as the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) used to entertain us with translations of state “news reporting” by communist nations like Bulgaria, North Korea, and Cuba (among all the other communist nations). The quality of their “reporting” was very similar to what CNN has done here. The state news organs didn’t just carry wire reports from the Soviet Union’s TASS or Interfax; they generated busy-work by having their own “reporters” churn out copy based on, and quoting, Soviet (or Chinese) “sources.”
Their products looked exactly like CNN’s “report” on Liaoning.
This isn’t really even like the infamous reporting of Walter Duranty, the journalist for the New York Times who at least went to the old USSR, even if he never met a Potemkin façade he could see past there. This is more like, whoever, Carlos and the “newsroom” gang in Havana, waiting for the tape to spool in from Moscow so they could get to work typing and quoting.
Liaoning, formerly the Soviet Kuznetsov-class carrier Varyag, was commissioned into the PLA Navy (PLAN) in 2012, and has deployed multiple times into the Pacific (e.g., in 2017) since reaching operational status in 2016. She carries 24 multi-role J-15 fighters, as compared to the typical U.S. Nimitz-class air wing of about 55 fixed-wing aircraft, with ~48 of those being F/A-18 Super Hornet (E/F) strike-fighters. The F-35C Lightning II is expected to make its first carrier deployment with VFA-147 in 2021 on USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), a West-coast carrier homeported in Washington state.
Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning in Hong Kong in 2017. Wikipedia: By Baycrest - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link