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Sunday, May 03, 2015

China building second aircraft carrier:PLA colonel

Liaoning (CV-16)China is building its second aircraft carrier, a senior naval officer has told media, the most explicit confirmation yet of a widely expected move that will boost Beijing’s maritime power.

China’s first aircraft carrier was a 300-metre Soviet-era vessel bought from Ukraine and commissioned in September 2012 -- at the time a milestone for the country’s growing military might.

The news follows reports last week of another double-digit spending boost for China’s military -- the world’s largest -- during 2015, as the country pursues a series of territorial disputes with its neighbours.

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