China on Tuesday put its first aircraft carrier into formal service, in response to escalating tensions with Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. The disputed islands — known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China — are considered relatively unimportant as geo-strategic assets, but they have become symbolically important for nationalist groups in both countries. China said the carrier would significantly bolster the strength of the Chinese navy, but independent analysts say the ship will likely be used for training, testing, and other minor operations.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How academia's liberal bias is killing social science
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Why torture doesn't work: A definitive guide
- Hey, bosses: Stop giving bonuses to your employees
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Capitalism isn't a cure-all for Cuba
- Why the Sony hack changes everything
- You should be furious about Hollywood's gutless retreat on The Interview
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
Subscribe to the Week