China put its first aircraft carrier into service on Tuesday, in a show of strength that came as territorial disputes over strategic islands in the region escalated.
China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning sits berthed at the naval base in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning province. The former Soviet ship, bought from Ukraine and refurbished, entered service on September 25, according to the defence ministry in Beijing.
China is locked in a row with Japan over Tokyo-controlled islands in the East China Sea, where the Japanese coastguard duelled Tuesday with dozens of Taiwanese vessels which intruded into territorial waters.
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