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This week in world in brief: China buys Soviet-era aircraft carrier for research, India’s scientists complain of US visa policy, Singapore invests in solar research, and more.

China buys Soviet-era aircraft carrier for research

China is re-building a former Soviet-era aircraft carrier for the purposes of scientific research and training, a spokesman for the ministry of national defence told a news conference on 27 July. He said that the vessel, bought from Ukraine, would be used for peaceful purposes. The refit will make China the last of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to own a carrier. “China needs to protect its interests overseas. This requires increasing its naval capabilities in the deep sea,” the spokesman said.

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