China wants to use its 'biggest and most powerful destroyer' to 'deter the Americans', expert says

Mail Online | 11/9/2017 | Billie Thomson For Mailonline
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China wants to use the commissioning of its 'biggest and most powerful destroyer' to prevent the United State from undermining its 'core interests', an expert claims.

The official delivery of the Nanchang, the country's first Type 055 guided missile destroyer, is meant to deter the Americans, he says.

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The ceremony is an attempt from Beijing to 'demonstrate its sufficient political will and military capability to the U.S. Government, especially under the present Trump Administration', the Asia-based researcher adds.

The message from Beijing is that 'any effort to undermine or subvert Beijing's "core interests" concerning territorial and sovereignty issues - such as the case of Taiwan, and the South China Sea - could be met with military response.'

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The Nanchang, a domestically built 10,000-ton-class surface warship, was commissioned to the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Sunday in the eastern port city of Qingdao, according to the Chinese state media.

The event reflects the extant rivalry between Beijing and Washington which has escalated in recent times, according to Collin Koh, a research fellow and maritime security expert at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

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Mr Koh believes that Beijing hopes to use the ceremony to impress upon its perceived aggressors and show off its growing naval might.

Tensions between the world's two biggest economies have risen quickly due to a series of diplomatic spats, including the U.S.-China trade war, Washington's spy allegations against Chinese telecom giant Huawei and the perceived 'meddling' from America in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

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The Nanchang also went into active service on the same day when the U.S. expressed its support for the re-elected Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, who won in a landslide on the back of a message of standing up to Beijing.

Mr Koh believes that Beijing intends to use the ship's commissioning to accumulate more...
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