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    China Trumpets Military Might With First Homebuilt Aircraft Carrier

    Anchors aweigh. Some see China’s new warship, which brings the country’s fleet size to two, as the beginning of a military buildup. While the U.S. has 10 aircraft carriers, China’s first domestically built vessel could be a harbinger of a newly modernized military and hopes for dominance over nearby seas. The fleet’s expected to grow to at least six, and though the ship won’t be fully operational until 2020, today’s launch is seen as a victory for President Xi Jinping ahead of a much-anticipated party congress later this year.

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