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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