China Launches New Aircraft Carrier

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By Brett Stolpestad

China launched its first aircraft carrier on Tuesday, emphasizing China's growing naval strength while tension between China and Japan continues, The New York Times reported.

However, The Washington Post reported that the carrier, the Liaoning, will not be used for combat purposes. The Liaoning is currently unable to carry planes and China has yet to develop aircraft capable of landing on the carrier.

Chinese military experts said that the Liaoning will be limited to training and testing purposes only, The New York Times reported.

The Liaoning was constructed from an unfinished Soviet vessel that was towed from Ukraine in 1998. The Chinese have refurbished it giving it new engines and navigation systems, The Washington Post reported.

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