China’s President Xi Jinping inspecting People’s Liberation Army soldiers at a barracks in Hong Kong in June 2017. Photograph: Dale De La Rey/AFP/Getty Images

Domestically produced aircraft carriers, new stealth warplanes and improved rocket capabilities are among the military highlights that look set to do(...)

China’s second aircraft carrier, the Type 001A, during a launch ceremony at a shipyard in Dalian, Liaoning province. Photograph: Li Gang/EPA

China has launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, known for the time being as Type 001A, against a background of simmering tensions ov(...)