Beijing reached a major naval milestone Friday, launching the country’s third aircraft carrier, one both designed and built in China and far more advanced than its predecessors.
A ceremony was held for the carrier, known as the Fujian, also the name of a southeastern Chinese province, at the Jiangnan shipyard in Shanghai. Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed platoons of white-uniformed naval personnel applauding as coloured smoke and streamers covered the giant ship.