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Column: China’s third carrier launch reflects a disturbing trend

  • XINHUA VIA AP
                                Coloured smoke mark the launch ceremony for China’s third aircraft carrier christened Fujian at a dry dock in Shanghai on June 17.

    XINHUA VIA AP

    Coloured smoke mark the launch ceremony for China’s third aircraft carrier christened Fujian at a dry dock in Shanghai on June 17.

The People’s Republic of China just launched its third aircraft carrier in a decade, the CNS Fujian, on June 17. More importantly, it is China’s first catapult-assisted takeoff but arrested recovery (CATOBAR) carrier, giving it far greater capability than its ski-jump predecessors. Read more

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