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Russia helps break the ice for China’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier
Beijing is developing its first homemade, nuclear-powered icebreaker: a move that’s expected to help China with its aspirations of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. And the nation’s relationship with Russia might help, say military experts. The public bidding process begins on Thursday for China’s first nuclear-powered icebreaker ship, which will be able to open up waterways in the Arctic and provide power for exploration trips in the polar regions. According to analysts, the Arctic contains about 30% of the world’s undiscovered natural gas reserves. While expensive, nuclear-powered icebreakers are far more powerful than conventional vessels, and the difficulty of refueling in the Arctic m