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Video: China floats its first domestically-made aircraft carrier


China has launched its first aircraft carrier built entirely on its own, in a demonstration of the growing technical sophistication of its defence industries.

The 50,000-ton carrier was towed from its dockyard following a ceremony in the northern port city of Dalian, where its predecessor, the Soviet-built Liaoning, underwent extensive refurbishing before being commissioned in 2012, the Ministry of National Defense said.

Development of the new carrier began in 2013 and construction in late 2015.

It is expected to be formally commissioned sometime before 2020, after sea trials and the arrival of its full air complement.

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