Chinese news media have reported that construction of the country’s third aircraft carrier is under way. The story initially appeared on the online WeChat page of state news agency Xinhua and has been followed by similar reports and comment by the Global Times and China Daily .
No details of the carrier design have been given, such as whether it will be conventionally or nuclear powered. There is widespread expectation that China will progress from the ski-jump design of its existing two carriers and that the next carrier will be equipped with catapults.
There was no confirmation of which yard is building the carrier, although the Jiangnan Changxingdao shipyard near Shanghai is the most likely candidate.
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