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China flexes bulked-up military muscles in Pacific

Beijing seen aiming to make Trump sit up and take notice

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J-15 fighter jets on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.   © Kyodo

BEIJING -- China appears eager to showcase its first aircraft carrier's military exercises in the Pacific, likely to send U.S. President-elect Donald Trump the message that Beijing has the potentially game-changing hardware in hand.

The Liaoning entered the waters of the western Pacific on Sunday, crossing the so-called First Island Line consisting of a chain of islands connecting Okinawa, Taiwan and the Philippines.

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