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How China’s navy went rogue to get its first aircraft carrier

China's first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, is a total refit of an incomplete Soviet cruiser-carrier. China's navy acquired the carrier in the late 1990s, but it did so without approval from Beijing. After a bit of subterfuge and years of delays, the Liaoning was launched in 2012. See more stories on Insider's business page. China was proud to launch its first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, in 2012. This vessel was a refit of an incomplete Soviet Kuznetsov-class cruiser carrier.However, the story of how China got that ship in the first place may as well be a comedy — because the carrier was actually a rogue acquisition for the C...