China launches third aircraft carrier

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BEIJING (Reuters) -China launched its third aircraft carrier on Friday, the domestically designed and built Fujian, state media reported, sending a statement of intent towards rival powers including the United States as it continues to modernise its military. Champagne, colourful ribbons, water cannons and smoke were used to celebrate the warship’s launch and official naming at a ceremony at the Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai. Dozens of Chinese Navy personnel lined up in front of the ship and sang the national anthem at the ceremony, which was also attended by senior officials including Xu Qili…

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