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The former Soviet carrier Varyag, once destined to become a floating casino, is part of President Hu Jintao’s push to modernise the navy.

Chinese military and political sources have said Beijing could launch the carrier this year, as China marks 90 years since the founding of the ruling Communist Party.

Such a launch would be a first, exploratory step towards an operational carrier fleet.

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