First Look China launches its first domestically made aircraft carrier

China wants the world to know it built its new aircraft carrier entirely on its own, as the nation looks to strengthen its regional military influence 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.