The Chinese military launched a new class of naval destroyer Wednesday, in a move that suggests the nation is looking to become a new player in the battle against North Korea.
The 10,000-ton warship was unveiled at the Jiangnan Shipyard in Shanghai, according to Chinese media outlet Xinhua Net.
“It is equipped with new air defense, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons,” the outlet said.
China launches the 1st vessel of its new generation of destroyers in Shanghai! The 10,000-tonne vessel is domestically designed and produced pic.twitter.com/mUUTjBX2IW
— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 28, 2017
China has ramped up the expansion of its Navy as an attempt to modernize its military, ABC News reported, adding that the nation plans to have between 265 and 273 warships, submarines and logistics vessels by 2020, according to the Washington-based Center for Naval Analysis.
China reportedly said it needs a powerful navy to defend its coastline and its maritime shipping routes, according to ABC.
There’s no doubt China’s rapid military expansion is also a response to the ever-increasing threat posed by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who has repeatedly ignored China’s warnings to halt its missile tests.
Kim may not be happy knowing that such a formidable force sits so close to him. But that’s not China’s only aim, here.
China has also been actively looking to grow its global presence. Earlier this month, the Pentagon warned that the country was looking to establish a military base in Pakistan. The nation also expanded its military to defend territory in the South China Sea it claims it controls, and has constructed islands in the sea to house surface-to-air missiles.
China’s latest flexing of its military muscle could mean trouble not only for North Korea, but the United States as well.
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