China Claims Nearly-Operational, Weaponized Aircraft Carrier Is for "Scientific Research"Sam Biddle8/01/11 6:20pm124EditPromoteDismissUndismissHideGo to permalinkSo you want to advance the scientific output of your country—great. What's your next move? Spend a massive amount of cash repairing, refitting, and adding guns to a giant Soviet aircraft carrier? Yeah, claims China. Hmm.