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Thursday, January 12, 2017, 15:08

Chinese aircraft carrier passes through Taiwan Straits

By Xinhua

Chinese aircraft carrier passes through Taiwan Straits
This Jan 2, 2017 photo shows Chinese J-15 fighter jets being launched from the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the South China Sea. (Photo / AFP)

BEIJING – A naval formation which includes China’s aircraft carrier Liaoning passed through the Taiwan Straits Thursday morning en route to drills in the South China Sea, a spokesperson of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy.

Liang Yang said the Liaoning and other naval vessels in the formation were scientifically organized and meticulously operated during the navigation.

Since it was commissioned in 2012, the Liaoning has been carrying out training and tests steadily, the navy said.

The Liaoning is China's only aircraft carrier in operation. It was refitted based on an unfinished carrier from the former Soviet Union.

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