Of course these critics are conveniently forgetting that China has upgraded it's best squadrons to the SU-27 and anything else they can get their hands on.
You should all read this site. It's mind-numbing.
The Vayrag is not something to be taken lightly. Fully equiped it would approach a 65,000 ton displacement and embark 40-50 modern jet fighter and attack aircraft. As such, it would be the equal (it is in fact a newer design) to the Russian Kuznetzov and would be the largest carrier in the world outside of America's super-carriers.
In the event of hostilities, this CHICOM carrier would be sent to Davy Jones's Locker within minutes. The US has so many ways to 'implement that'. Don't 'numb your mind' needlessly...
The SU-27 is no match for an F-22, and I say that is a good thing. I mean, hey, it is good for China to upgrade from Mig-21's to something that can live in the same sky as the Eagle, but still no match for an F-22.