A lot of coverage has been given to the launch of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the newest ship to join the Royal Navy however China has launched a ship as well, and it’s part of an arms race.
On Wednesday, China launched a new type of domestically built warships that are designed to promote Chinese built ships that would take an increasingly assertive stance in the South China Sea.
The new destroyer is approximately 10,000 tonnes and will undergo extensive testing with is newly equipped air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The vessel is the first of its type 055 destroyers and is the successor to the smaller type 052D destroyers.
China in recent years has been investing more money in its armed forces and announced in March that the budget would increase by 7% even though for the last 20 years increases in military spending were larger.
Its military budget still remains smaller than the United States and their military spending would be considered smaller if President Trump increases military spending by 10%.
The new destroyer is set for sea trials – let’s see how it goes.