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On August 12, India launched INS Vikrant, its first indigenously build aircraft carrier. On this occasion, Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony hailed the launch as a "crowning glory", saying "India needs a strong navy to defend itself and will press ahead with developing its maritime capabilities." Chinese diplomacy was the first to comment on this event. Stressing the "vast interests in common" and the "identical or similar stances on a wide range of regional and global affairs" between China and India...
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