A total of 3,675 villagers’ homes and over 4,000 tombs were moved within one year to make way for the construction of a base for China’s aircraft carrier, Liaoning, in Qingdao.
More than 500 fishing ships were also moved from the port, according to Li Wen, who’s leading the construction site. All the relocations were completed in just one year.
“Getting the support from local residents”, aka kicking them out of their homes, was the easy part. Workers recently created breakwaters to protect the area against typhoons.
China’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement yesterday that the homeport will contain massive missile storage space to hold all the ammunition needed during the aircraft carrier’s training and military operations in the future, according to ChinaNews.
Liaoning was China’s first aircraft carrier that went into commission in 2012. The 300-metre ship was actually ungraded from an unfinished carrier bought from Ukraine by China in 1998.
By Dina Li