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12:00 AM, December 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:51 AM, December 18, 2019

China’s second aircraft carrier enters service

China’s second aircraft carrier entered service yesterday, adding major firepower to its military ambitions as it faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional neighbours around the disputed South China Sea. The commissioning of the ship, which has been named the Shandong, puts China in a small club of nations with multiple aircraft carriers and the country is reportedly building a third. China’s first domestically built carrier was delivered and commissioned to the People’s Liberation Army navy in Sanya, on the southern island of Hainan, at a ceremony attended by President Xi Jinping, state media said. China has one other carrier -- the Liaoning, a repurposed Soviet carrier bought from Ukraine.

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