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China to launch first self-made aircraft carrier in 2013: report

Central News Agency

2012/11/24 16:25:38

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) China's first domestically made aircraft carrier will be launched next year and will be commissioned between 2015 and 2016, according to a Hong Kong magazine.

After the launch of the first carrier, China will bring a second one on stream two years later, the Mirror said in its December edition, which was made available to the CNA in advance.

The Chinese-language magazine also said that mainland China plans to build a superb first-class Navy over 20 or 30 years.

In the first decade, China will build three aircraft carrier fleets while in the second decade, it will build two nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, the report said.

The magazine forecast that China will launch its first nuclear- powered aircraft carrier no later than 2020.

(By Stanley Cheung and Lilian Wu)
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