China's first domestically built aircraft carrier during a launching ceremony in Dalian in April. It is expected to go into full service later this year. Photo: Reuters

China has started building its third aircraft carrier, military sources say

Work on the vessel, which will use a hi-tech launch system, began at a Shanghai shipyard last year but it is not known when it will be completed

Topic |   China military

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China's first domestically built aircraft carrier during a launching ceremony in Dalian in April. It is expected to go into full service later this year. Photo: Reuters
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.