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    China Sends First Aircraft Carrier into Service

    25 Sep 2012, Dalian, Liaoning Province, China --- (120925) -- DALIAN, Sept. 25, 2012 (Xinhua) -- Military officers stand onboard China's aircraft carrier Liaoning in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 25, 2012. China's first aircraft carrier was delivered and commissioned to the Navy of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Tuesday after years of refitting and sea trials. (Xinhua/Zha Chunming) (zhs) --- Image by © Zha Chunming/Xinhua Press/Corbis

    Zha Chunming / Xinhua-Corbis

    China sent its first aircraft carrier into formal service Tuesday, in the latest show of force against Japan amid tensions over disputed land. The dispute revolves around Japan’s purchasing islands in the East China Sea, which China considers its own. China has already postponed a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the resumption of diplomatic ties with Japan. During talks with Japan on Tuesday, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said “China will never tolerate any bilateral actions by Japan that harm Chinese territorial sovereignty.” Still, some think that the carrier launch has nothing to do with the dispute. One expert said, “China is taking another step to boost its strategic naval capability.”

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