China has launched four Type 055 guided-missile destroyers over the past 18 months and four more are under construction. Photo: Handout

China makes turbine blade breakthrough that could give Type 055 guided-missile destroyers an edge

  • ‘Milestone’ advance comes as China pursues hi-tech goals
  • Development was a result of cooperation with Russian firm, shipbuilding source says
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China has launched four Type 055 guided-missile destroyers over the past 18 months and four more are under construction. Photo: Handout
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Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou

Laura Zhou joined the South China Morning Post's Beijing bureau in 2010. She covers China's diplomatic relations and has reported on topics such as Sino-US relations, China-India disputes, and reactions to the North Korea nuclear crisis, as well as other general news.

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.