OK, it's looking more and more like sailors cleaning the more I stare at it. That's where I'm leaning now. When I first saw it, it looked more like damage. A confirmation like a satellite image of the deck being normal again and operating in short time will do.What confirmation? Do you mean an eye witness on the ground or PLAN’s spokesperson holding a press conference on this photo? Forget it… there’s no way anyone from PLAN would answer this kind of questions, either would anyone on the ground talk about anything on a PLAN’s ship to the public.
This photo clearly shows a line of sailers washing the deck with soapy water around them. Full stop, nothing more.
If there was a fire below deck while the ship was at sea and not reported, that could cause the damage.I think the sheer implausibility of carrier deck being seriously damaged without there being a massive accident onboard speak for itself. to do damage like that would take several aircraft fully loaded with fuel snd ammunition catching fire and blowing up on deck.
I would love to be fully convinced beyond all doubt that the idiots clearly whistling past the graveyard when they speak down of Chinese quality have mistaken an image of sailors washing a ship with deck damage, causing them to jump on it like a rabid dog in heat.