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China launches its first domestically made aircraft carrier

China's new aircraft carrier comes as the nation looks to strengthen its regional military influence and wants to demonstrate its growing technical sophistication of defense industries in order to safeguard its maritime territorial claims.

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China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defense industries and determination to safeguard its maritime territorial claims and crucial trade routes.