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China to build nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China is developing technologies to build a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, state media reported yesterday, as Beijing pushes forward with an ambitious military modernisation programme. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged last year to turn China’s military into a world-class fighting force by 2050, and has invested in stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and missiles. State-owned China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) revealed the ambition in a list of technical developments the company hopes to achieve for the Chinese navy by 2025. CSIC built China’s first home-built aircraft carrier, which was launched in April last year and is expected to enter service in 2020.

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