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China starts building second aircraft carrier: Media

Published on Jan 18, 2014 7:51 PM
 
A naval soldier of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) views through a pair of binoculars onboard China's first aircraft carrier Liaoning as it visits a military harbour on the South China Sea in Sanya, Hainan province, in this undated picture provided to Reuters on Nov 29, 2013. China has started constructing the second of four planned aircraft carriers, a top government official said according to media reports on Saturday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (AFP) - China has started constructing the second of four planned aircraft carriers, a top government official said according to media reports on Saturday.

The ship is under construction in the north-eastern port of Dalian and will take six years to build, the reports said quoting Wang Min, Communist Party chief for Dalian's Liaoning province.

The country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, was completed in September 2012 in a symbolic milestone for the country's increasingly muscular military.

Another two are in the pipeline, said Wang.

 
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