Aircraft come in November.
UPDATE 1: Debka lies… No one can find the carrier, no photo of it anywhere near Syria.
Phi Beta Iota: Below from Truth in Action adds perspective:
China has exactly ONE carrier…this one. It is a 20 year old Ukrainian aircraft carrier that was only 70% complete when Ukraine disarmed in 1998. They sold the half built ship to China who has taken 20 years to finally complete the vessel. China has no experience at all with naval air operations. In truth, the carrier arrived in Syria without a single aircraft aboard.
What matters here is that Russia, China, and Iran are acting coherently and on the basis of solid intelligence. The collapse of Saudi Arabia will further erode US influence.