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China's plans for first nuclear carrier revealed

Ship would enhance Beijing's ability to project naval power

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is a refurbished vessel from the former Soviet Union.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- China will build its first nuclear aircraft carrier, a major step in its push to become a strong naval power, the state-owned China Shipbuilding Industry noted in a statement posted online.

CSIC has developed vessels including nuclear submarines in the past. The aircraft carrier was revealed in a strategy document dated Tuesday, alongside plans to build more nuclear subs and unmanned underwater vehicles.

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