Japan’s new “flat top destroyer” is not an aircraft carrier… or, at least, that’s what the Japanese government insists.
China, however, sees things differently.
New warship draws fire (China Daily, 7 Aug 2013)
China Warns Asia Over New Japanese Ship (China Digital Times, 7 Aug 2013)
China-Japan views toward each other hit 9-year low (Global Post, 8 Aug 2013)
China warns of Japanese ‘remilitarization’ following the incorporation of a ‘quasi-aircraft carrier’ (Merco Press, 8 Aug 2013)
And naming the vessel “Izumo” seems to have touched a raw historic nerve.
Japan should never forget fate of previous Izumo in war of aggression (CCTV, 8 Aug 2013)