State media: China launches third aircraft carrier

China's state-run media say the country's navy launched its third aircraft carrier on Friday. Observers say the move will likely increase the wariness of the United States and China's neighbors.

Xinhua News Agency reported that the vessel, named the Fujian, was put into the water at a ceremony in a Shanghai dockyard.

Xinhua says the vessel has a displacement of more than 80,000 tons, which is larger than the country's two other carriers already in service.

State media also say the Fujian is the first carrier in China that is equipped with catapults. The electromagnetic-powered devices allow aircraft to accelerate when taking off.

China has been building up its naval capabilities as part of its goal of creating a world-class military by the middle of the century.

The country has already deployed its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and first domestically built carrier, the Shandong.

Observers say China apparently aims to strengthen President Xi Jinping's clout by showcasing its state-of-the-art carrier.