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China has unveiled plans to build more aircraft carriers after commissioning its first last year, as the country extends its influence amid territorial disputes with neighbors including Japan and Vietnam.

Future aircraft carriers will carry more fighter jets than the Liaoning, Rear Adm. Song Xue told foreign military attaches Tuesday in Beijing, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. The Liaoning carrier was built around a Soviet-era hull and began sea trials last year.

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