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9/30/2012--The tussle over sovereignty in the East Asian waterways took a new turn this week with the formal commissioning of the Liaoning, China's first aircraft carrier. The fact that the 55,000-ton ship does not yet have even one airplane on its deck provides little comfort to China's regional neighbors. More than its potential power projection capabilities, the Liaoning bears an unmistakable message: we are big and we'll ensure that what we claim becomes ours.

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