31 Dec '15, 9am

China confirms that it is building a second aircraft carrier

BEIJING (REUTERS, AFP) - China on Thursday confirmed it is building a second aircraft carrier, as Beijing expands its naval capabilities amid maritime disputes with neighbours in the East and South China Seas. "This aircraft carrier is being developed according to entirely domestic designs," defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun told a regular briefing, adding it was under construction in Dalian, a north-eastern port. The official confirmation comes after months of rumours and hints from military officials. Beijing has rapidly expanded its military in recent years, rattling its neighbours and attracting the attention of the United States, which is making a foreign policy "pivot" towards Asia. The construction drew on experiences from the country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, a second-hand Soviet ship bought from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China. It was commi...

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