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article imageChinese Navy launches most advanced homegrown destroyer

By Karen Graham     Jun 28, 2017 in Technology
Beijing - China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built guided missile destroyer in its bid to modernize its military.
The unveiling of the new destroyer also highlights China's military prowess amid the growing tensions in both the South and East China Seas, according to the Japan Times.
The 10,000-ton destroyer was launched at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, and according to the Chinese press, marks the first of the People's Liberation Army Navy's "new generation" of destroyers. The Destroyer doesn't have an official name, but the state-run Global Times, quoting the People’s Liberation Army Daily, said it was likely called the Type 055, reports the Japan Times.
The Type 055 will likely be a successor to the smaller Type 052D guided missile destroyer, which is still being produced. As a matter of fact, one of the Type 052D's called the Xining, was commissioned in January this year. The new ship is equipped with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons, reports Reuters. The new ship will undergo "extensive" testing before being officially commissioned.
Competing claims to the South China Sea  which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits  ha...
Competing claims to the South China Sea, which is believed to sit atop vast oil and gas deposits, have for decades made it one of Asia's potential military flashpoints
TED ALJIBE, AFP
China defending it's sovereignty
China is quickly modernizing its navy as it takes a more prominent role on the world stage. In 2016, according to state media, the Navy commissioned 18 ships, including destroyers, corvettes, and guided-missile frigates. In April, the Navy launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier, a ship powered by conventional means that won't be commissioned until 2020.
The build-up is all part of China's plan to reassert its "indisputable sovereignty" over parts of the South China Sea after President Trump vowed to not allow China to take over territory in the region. Under the code-name "freedom of navigation," operations by the U.S. have sent ships and planes repeatedly to the disputed islands to make sure shipping lanes are open.
The South China Sea has been claimed by several nations as a sovereign territory with the wrangling over possession going on for centuries. But with world tensions rising, the fight for the region has grown dramatically, with China being accused of militarizing the region.
China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei all have claims on the region, but China has backed up its claim by building islands and using navy patrol boats to make their point. And Trump isn't the only one who wants to expand the country's military budget. China expanded its military funding by 7.0 percent in March this year for the second year in a row.
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