The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, returns to port after its first navy sea trial in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province in 2012. Photo: AP
The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, returns to port after its first navy sea trial in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province in 2012. Photo: AP

China plans aircraft carrier battlegroups to protect offshore interests

Battlegroups to also be deployed in East and South China seas, admiral tells state media

The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, returns to port after its first navy sea trial in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province in 2012. Photo: AP
The Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier, returns to port after its first navy sea trial in Dalian in northeastern China's Liaoning province in 2012. Photo: AP
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