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