Many Hong Kongers see Liaoning’s arrival as underlining Chinese president’s hardline stance a week after his visit to the city

China’s first aircraft carrier emerged from the mist in the waters south of Hong Kong on Friday morning as a four-warship flotilla gave a potent demonstration of Beijing’s might.

The carrier, christened the Liaoning after the north-eastern Chinese province, sailed past half a dozen hulking container ships as it entered Hong Kong waters around 7.30 am.

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