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China's Navy Prepares to Close the Gap on the U.S.

May 11, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
This photo taken on April 18 shows China's sole operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, during a drill at sea.

China's only operational aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is set to be joined by a second carrier -- and the first produced entirely domestically -- after its upcoming sea trials are complete.

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All fitted out, China's second-ever aircraft carrier – and the first built entirely in China – is set to sail for sea trials. The construction of the aircraft carrier represents a significant milestone in China’s steady rise as a major naval power. And barring any hiccups, Beijing will continue its ascent in the following decade to the degree that it challenges the United States for naval supremacy – at least in East Asia....

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