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The Liaoning, China's first and only aircraft carrier, at sea on Dec. 24, 2016.   © Kyodo
Politics

China flexing aircraft carrier muscle, but so far it's a 'paper tiger'

New vessel has nowhere near capability of US ships, but still boosts Xi ahead of key meeting

KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- In an unprecedented show of force, China dispatched its first and only aircraft carrier on an extensive training mission amid rising tensions with the U.S. late last year.

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