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EDITORIAL: China’s reckless military buildup is needlessly stoking tensions

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China is trying to alter the regional military balance in an irresponsible and unilateral manner that does not befit its status as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

Unless it stops its dangerous military buildup, China cannot claim to be a responsible major power.

China recently launched its third aircraft carrier, christened the Fujian. The ship is expected to enter service in 2024 or later after a period of test sailing and installing the necessary equipment.

Due to training and maintenance times, a country needs a minimum of three aircraft carriers to ensure that at least one vessel is always in operation. The Fujian is likely to enhance the Chinese Navy’s strategic capabilities.

According to Beijing’s announcement, China’s new aircraft carrier also features an electromagnetic catapult to hurl aircraft off the ship at high speed, the very latest aircraft launch technology, so far........

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