Friday, August 30, 2013

China 'mistakenly' says its aircraft carriers of the future will be Battlestar Galacticas

Modern Chinese ingenuity is marked by two distinct, and not entirely separate, trends: not giving a fuck about copyrights and vowing to be the undisputed best in the world at just about everything.

Both of these trends came together this week when the China Internet Information Centre ran an article entitled "4 Major Trends In Aircraft Carrier Development".  Ever eager to put on a good face for the rest of the world, the CIIC posted some rather futuristic concept designs for what China's upcoming aircraft carriers would look like.

One design in particular looked kinda familiar - especially to anyone who dreamed of being whisked away to a magical land of romance in either Captain Apollo's Viper...

...that's right, China's plans for an aircraft carrier include the Battlestar Galactica.

Ordinarilly, a graphical cock-up like this wouldn't be an issue for a blog or private news site, but The South China Morning Post points out that the China Internet Information Centre is a site officially authorized by the Chinese government so this is article is, in fact, sanctioned by the PRC itself.

Those who visit the offending article will notice it's in Japanese, but this is because the CIIC translates its news into a variety of languages (among them English, Japanese, German, and Korean).

Amusingly, it appears that the Battlestar Galactica only appears in the Japanese version of the article, leading some bemused Japanese netizens to wonder whether the mistake was an intentional attempt to by China to flex its military muscle for its neighbor across the East China Sea.

But then, the possibility also exists that China was so inspired by the excellent sci-fi masterpiece that was BSG that they decided to use the Battlestar design as the pattern for their naval warships... in which case, So say we all, baby.