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A new fad among Chinese marketers -- pairing images of aircraft carriers with whatever they're hawking, be it office furniture, heavy industrial equipment, or apartment buildings and other real estate -- is no cause for alarm, says Foreign Policy magazine. "Images of aircraft carriers bearing shopping malls and apartment high-rises are nothing more than local developers pulling out all the stops in a hypercompetitive market," Warner Brown writes on the Foreign Policy blog, Tea Leaf Nation. Part of the appeal of what Brown calls the house-carrier meme is that Chinese are proud of their country's growing role as a player in global power politics. But it's also the symbolism and status of aircraft carriers as "enormous, complex machines -- the result of hundreds of moving parts, inte...