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Asia watches warily as China launches its first aircraft carrier

August 20, 2011
The Marietta Times

Amid regional tensions, China's first aircraft carrier embarked on its inaugural sea trial on Aug. 10. According to the Chinese media, the 67,500 ton ex-Soviet aircraft carrier, Varyag, will be named Shi Lang, after the commander-in-chief of the Qing Dynasty fleets who had extensive experience in South China Sea and conquered Taiwan in 1681.



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