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President Xi Jinping is thought to have had the final say on the third aircraft carrier's name. (Nikkei montage/Kyodo/Reuters)
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Analysis: New carrier's name, Fujian, mirrors Xi's Taiwan obsession

Leader spent 17 years in province of same name closely watching the island

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

The name of China's third and most advanced aircraft carrier, launched in Shanghai on June 17, is not what most people had expected.

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