Modernization of the People's Liberation Army

The destroyer Harbin during an exercise in 2012. Photo: Xinhua

Qing dynasty naval defeat 'a warning' for PLA

At a sea-power workshop at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law late last year, PLA representatives and naval experts said they were worried that the problems and failures of the Beiyang Fleet would recur in today's naval modernisation, unless China learned from that painful chapter in its history.

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