A Hong Kong businessman has submitted a bid of 7.7 million U.S. dollars to buy British aircraft carrier HMS Invincible that he can turn it into an international school in China, according to a report on Friday (01/07/2011).
South China Morning Post reported, Lam Kin-bong's effort in delivering online offerings (in network) for ships which are not active. Invincible play an important role in the 1982 Falkland Islands conflict between Argentina and Britain.
Lam, who operates a series of famous Chinese restaurant, Wing Wah, offering to pay five million pounds (7.7 million U.S. dollars) in the auction, the paper said. If he wins the auction, Lam plans to attract Invincible, the aircraft carrier that weighs 22,000 tons to the city of Zhuhai, southern China, near Hong Kong and Macau. Lam plans to change the carrier finished school. "This is to help foster communication and cultural relations between China and Britain," he said.
Lam could not be reached for comment on Friday. The businessman told the South China Morning Post, he has no plans to use the vessel for military purposes, amid U.S. concerns about Beijing's military deployment. "My goal purely commercial and has nothing to do with the military," said Lam.
Lam said, another option is to let the ship was moored in the city of Liverpool, England, and turn it into schools to promote understanding of China and Chinese people in the UK. Women's Ministry of Defence spokesman told the South China Morning Post, all components of the ship will be stripped. "But, in fact, buying equipment like this is to buy a bomb," he said.