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China's Aircraft Carrier Is Nothing to Fear

China's planned "blue-water navy" sounds alarming but isn’t.
Nice aircraft carrier you've got here, China. Feel free to build more! Source: ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

Chinese officials gave U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel a tour of an aircraft carrier this week. The Liaoning is their only such vessel -- but not for long. China plans to build three more by 2020 as part of its new "blue-water navy," a prospect that sounds alarming but isn't. The cause for concern lies elsewhere.

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