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China likely to deploy third aircraft carrier by 2025: report

New vessel to feature launch system for greater plane capacity

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, takes part in a military drill in the western Pacific Ocean during 2018.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China is expected to put a third and more advanced aircraft carrier into service by 2025 as the country seeks to modernize its military under its next five-year plan.

The new carrier likely will boast the first electromagnetic catapult system in China's fleet, an upgrade that lets it launch planes more efficiently, the English-language version of the Communist Party-affiliated Global Times reported Tuesday.

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