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China building third aircraft carrier, says report

24 February 2017

As the People's Liberation Army Navy's (PLAN's) second aircraft carrier, commonly referred to as the Type 001A, nears completion, Chinese state-owned media have reported that the country's third aircraft carrier is also under construction.

Li Jie, a naval military expert, was quoted by the Global Times newspaper on 21 February as saying that the carrier, commonly known as the Type 002, will be "entirely different" from China's previous carriers and that it will look like a "US aircraft carrier rather than a Russian one".

China's first carrier, Liaoning, is a Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier acquired from Ukraine and commissioned in 2012, while the Type 001A, China's first indigenously built carrier, is a follow-on from the Liaoning design.

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