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New ships boost PLA’s South Sea fleet, but weaknesses linger

The Yinchuan, a Type 052D destroyer, is seen docking at naval base of the South Sea Fleet. Photo: Weibo

PLA fleet on forefront of Beijing's naval ambitions, with aircraft carrier Liaoning also rumored to be joining the fleet

By ASIA TIMES STAFF JUNE 20, 2018 6:22 PM (UTC+8)

Beijing has made no secret about its hankering for absolute dominance of the South China Sea. To boost its claims over virtually the entire body of water, the People’s Liberation Army’s South Sea Fleet – in Zhanjiang in southern Guangdong province – has had many new warships entering service in recent years.

A rough calculation shows the fleet will have about 20 Type 052C destroyers as well as its more advanced variant 052D guided missile destroyers in active service by 2020, according to reports in Chinese newspapers......Continue reading: HERE

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