China launches its sixth Type 055 destroyer as its overseas ambitions increase. Photo: Handout

China steps up warship building programme as navy looks to extend its global reach

  • Latest launches bring total number of PLA Navy ships built this year to 24
  • Analysts say new ships have improved quality and capability but country is lagging behind in developing sailors’ technical skills
Topic |   South China Sea

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China launches its sixth Type 055 destroyer as its overseas ambitions increase. Photo: Handout
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Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang

Kristin Huang is a senior China reporter, who focuses on diplomacy and defence. She joined the Post in 2016 and previously reported for China Review News Agency. Kristin is interested in security in northeast Asia and China's growing military might.