BEIJING—China’s first home-built aircraft carrier was commissioned into active service by President Xi Jinping at a military base on the edge of the South China Sea, the latest milestone in the country’s endeavors to rapidly modernize its military and become a world-class naval power.
In its flagship evening newscast on Tuesday, state broadcaster China Central Television aired footage of a beaming Mr. Xi clambering aboard the warship in a commissioning ceremony attended by some 5,000 soldiers and officials at a naval base…
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