China commissions its second aircraft carrier

China's other aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is a rebuilt ex-Soviet vessel. – AFP pic, December 17, 2019.

CHINA’S second aircraft carrier entered service today, adding major firepower to its military ambitions as it faces tensions with self-ruled Taiwan as well as the US and regional neighbours around the disputed South China Sea.

The commissioning of the ship, which has been named the Shandong, puts China in a small club of nations with multiple aircraft carriers and the country is reportedly building a third.

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