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Zhang Guangqin, the top official overseeing the country’s burgeoning shipbuilding industry, denied Thursday his country was assembling an aircraft carrier in Shanghai.
“I can say it clearly that there’s no such thing at all,” said Zhang, the vice-minister at the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defense, at a news briefing in Beijing. “As to building aircraft carrier or not, related governmental departments will take all factors in consideration.