China launches third aircraft carrier, named after province opposite Taiwan

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By Martin Quin Pollard BEIJING (Reuters) -China launched its third aircraft carrier on Friday, the domestically designed and built Fujian, named after the province opposite self-ruled Taiwan, sending a statement of intent to rivals as it modernises its military. Chinese President Xi Jinping has made overhauling the world’s largest armed forces a central part of his agenda, seeking to project power well beyond China’s shores, though the government says it has no hostile intent. Champagne, colourful ribbons, water cannons and smoke were deployed to celebrate the new carrier’s launch and official…

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