Smart City space information platform "Yunduan" flies in Dongguan, Guangdong province, in this picture taken December 28, 2015. REUTERS/Huo Jianbin/Southern Metropolis Daily
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After months of speculation, China confirmed Thursday it is building a second aircraft carrier to go with an existing one bought second-hand, as neighbors worry about Beijing's new assertiveness to claims in the South China Sea.Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said the carrier had been designed in China and was being built in the port of Dalian. The design draws on experiences from the country's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, bought from Ukraine in 1998 and refitted in China, Yang said.Asked whether China was thinking of a third carrier, Yang said that "relevant authorities" would take various factors into consideration about future carrier plans.Taiwan's Defense Ministry said in September China was building two aircraft carriers that would be the same size as the Liaoning.
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