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China announced Thursday it has begun building its second aircraft carrier, in the latest sign of Beijing's rapid modernization of its naval forces.

The carrier is being built "according to entirely domestic designs" in the northeastern port city of Dalian, Defense Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said.

China's only other carrier, the Liaoning, was purchased from Ukraine in 1998. It underwent extensive retrofitting in China before going into service in 2012.

Yang said China's experience refurbishing the Liaoning "led to many areas of improvement and enhancements" for the new carrier, which will be about the same size as the older vessel.

The new 50,000-ton carrier will use conventional rather than nuclear power, Yang said. It will carry China's J-15 fighter jets and other aircraft that will employ a ski-jump takeoff.



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