China launches high-tech aircraft carrier in naval milestone

Beijing launched a new-generation aircraft carrier Friday

the first such ship to be both designed and built in China

n a milestone as it seeks to extend the range and power of its navy.

n a milestone as it seeks to extend the range and power of its navy.

State broadcaster CCTV showed assembled navy personnel standing beneath the massive ship as water jets sprayed over its deck

and multi-colored streamers flew and colorful smoke was released.

Equipped with the latest weaponry and aircraft-launch technology, the Type 003 ship’s capabilities are thought to rival those of Western carriers

Beijing seeks to turn its navy, already the world’s largest, into a multi-carrier force.

Satellite imagery captured by Planet Labs PBC on Thursday and analyzed by The Associated Press showed the carrier