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China's new aircraft carrier Fujian threatens trouble for Asia

Beijing has responsibility to ensure regional stability

China's new aircraft carrier, the Fujian, hits the waters in Shanghai on June 17.    © Kyodo

With the launch of its new aircraft carrier, the Fujian, the Chinese navy now has three. The vessel is the first in the fleet to be equipped with an electromagnetic catapult and can send off shipboard aircraft in rapid succession.

China continues to expand its military arsenal, and its technology is approaching that of the state-of-the-art carrier systems used by the U.S. Navy. Asian neighbors should be extremely wary of this development.

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