China on Wednesday launched a new type of domestically built warship in its latest bid to modernise its military, state media said. The launch comes after China presented its first home-produced aircraft carrierin April.
Amid ongoing tensions in the South China Sea, Beijing is taking an increasingly assertive stance in the waters it claims. China's new 10,000-tonne destroyer will undergo extensive testing.
The warship "is equipped with new air defence, anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons," China's official news agency Xinhua said. According to the state-run Global Times, the vessel type is thought to be the first type 055 destroyer - a successor to the smaller type 052D destroyers.
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