US media: what is Chinas next plan after the launch of the 8th super Destroyer

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 US media: what is Chinas next plan after the launch of the 8th super Destroyer


Shipyards in Shanghai, China, have launched the eighth type 055 destroyer, which is expected to start sailing soon, the article said. The type 055 destroyer is widely considered to be the most powerful destroyer in the world. It is equipped with more weapons than all its rivals. At the same time, it integrates a series of revolutionary innovations from dual band radar to advanced stealth design. In a paper published in early 2020 by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), a British think-tank, said that with regard to the capability of the type 055 destroyer, it may be the most powerful multi-purpose surface warship on the sea at present, which represents that the Chinese navy has the ability to independently carry out long-range deployment or multi mission operations.

According to US media, the construction plan of type 055 destroyer only includes eight warships, so it is not sure what the future of Chinas surface fleet will be, and when the successor of type 055 will start construction.

Chinas 052dl missile destroyer

Although the construction plan for the type 055 destroyer appears to have been completed, more ships are expected to be launched for the lighter type 052d destroyer. The 25th 052d destroyer, launched in August, integrates many of the same technologies as the 055, but was put into operation four years ago and has been praised for its low operating and production costs, the article said. It is generally believed that the 055 model may be put into production with enhanced new models (possibly 055a), or the PLA will develop new heavy destroyers or even cruisers to replace it. The new products can carry more missiles, have larger sensors and have a more stealthy shape. Of course, the two options may also be carried out at the same time.

China aircraft carrier Liaoning

According to US media, the capability of the existing type 055 destroyers is expected to continue to improve in the next few years. These Destroyers have super powerful power systems and enough space to integrate new energy-saving systems such as laser weapons and electromagnetic railguns. In addition, the 055 destroyer is expected to integrate new missile models in the future - possibly including Russian zircon hypersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, and anti missile systems similar to the US standard-6 (sm-6).

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Expert: there are four reasons for the higher possibility of gun brushing and misfire between China and the United States in the South China Sea

In August 26th, China launched a test of Dongfeng -26B and Dongfeng -21D missiles between the Hainan Island and Paracel Islands, and the US media interpreted that China launched the carrier killer to the South China Sea, aiming at targeting the United States. On the 27th, the US missile destroyer mastine broke into Chinas territorial waters of Xisha without authorization. With the frequent interaction between China and the United States in the South China Sea, the gunpowder smell on the South China Sea is becoming stronger and stronger.

With the US general election approaching, how will the situation in the South China Sea go? In response to this issue, the observer network interviewed Wu Shicun, President of the South China Sea Research Institute, on the PLAs missile test in the South China Sea and the motivation of the United States to entangle China in the South China Sea.

Wu Shicun, President of South China Sea Research Institute

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Observer website: on August 26, the PLA launched dongfeng-26b and dongfeng-21d in the South China Sea. The US media directly pointed out that China launched the aircraft carrier killer. In view of the US military presence in the South China Sea, how do you interpret the PLAs action and the US medias interpretation of it?

Wu Shicun: the PLAs test firing of Dongfeng missiles is part of the military exercise on both sides of the Taiwan Strait. The sea area hit by the missiles is a part of the South China Sea between Hainan Island and Paracel Islands. It is also the sea area declared by the Hainan maritime safety administration. So there is no doubt that this is part of the military exercises at the north and south ends of the Taiwan Strait.

The carrier killers dongfeng-26b and dongfeng-21d were launched this time. The range of dongfeng-21d and dongfeng-26b was 1800 km and 4000 km respectively. Then, only the United States has frequent aircraft carrier activities in the South China Sea, and only the United States has taken military provocative actions against China in the South China Sea, the Taiwan Strait and the Western Pacific. Are we aiming at Southeast Asian countries? Is it for other countries in the South China Sea? impossible. Therefore, from the perspective of the United States, the US media reports interpret the missile test as targeted at the United States, which I think is accurate. However, China has never officially indicated that the test firing is aimed at the United States, so the US media understand that it is the United States that is taking the right seat.

Observer: on August 27, the US missile destroyer masting broke into Chinas territorial waters in Xisha without authorization. Is this a response to the PLAs test firing of aircraft carrier killer?

Wu Shicun: I have a hunch that the United States will carry out such a freedom of navigation operation recently. According to the frequency of operation freedom of navigation in the United States this year, it will be carried out basically once a month and a half to two months. This time, the mastine missile destroyer intruded into the South China Sea this year for the 7th freedom of navigation operation against China in the South China Sea, this time on August 27; the last (sixth) was on July 14 at Huayang reef and Yongshu Reef in Nansha; and the last (fifth) was on May 28 in Xisha. Basically, the U.S. operation freedom of navigation in the South China Sea is maintained every one and a half months to two months, alternately in Xisha and Nansha.

Therefore, I think the United States would have carried out an operation freedom of navigation recently. And if we want to say that this time has anything to do with the east wind, it should be a little earlier in time. We test launched the missile No.26, and the United States began operation freedom of navigation in Xisha on the 27th. It may be that we have to respond to our action.

Observer.com: in your previous interview, you said that based on the development and evolution of the current situation in the South China Sea, there is a greater possibility that China and the United States will brush off their guns and go astray than before. Now, the US military activities in the South China Sea are becoming more and more frequent, and reconnaissance planes and warships are frequent. If we continue to develop in this way, will the possibility of gun fire become higher?

Wu Shicun: obviously. The only possible location of gun fire between China and the United States is in the South China Sea for several reasons

Second, the South China Sea is the main area where the front-line officers and soldiers and equipment of China and the United States can contact. No matter whether the freedom of navigation of the United States occurs in Xisha or Nansha, we will send warships to track, identify, warn and drive away. If we miss, we are likely to be in danger. For example, on September 30, 2018, two fast-moving destroyers of China and the United States, the Lanzhou ship and the Decatur, came into close contact in the Nansha sea area, only 41 meters apart.

Fourth, the discretionary power of American front-line officers and men is greater than that of us. Our front-line officers and soldiers have limited authorization, while the American front-line officers and soldiers have a great deal of discretion. During the close contact in 2018, the US warship suddenly launched a series of dangerous actions such as high-strength electronic jamming equipment. It can be seen that the disposal power of us officers and men should be greater than that of us.

Under such special circumstances, I think the possibility of gun fire is increased.

Moreover, the threshold for military conflict in the South China Sea is relatively low. What is our bottom line in the South China Sea? Americans are also testing. Unlike the Taiwan Strait, the bottom line of the Taiwan issue is very clear: when Taiwan declares its independence and the United States supports Taiwans independence, that is, when it comes to my red line, there is no room for maneuver. In the South China Sea, we are exploring the bottom line of what we cant touch, what we can do, to what extent, and what specific reactions China will have. The bottom line is not clear, and the threshold for conflict is relatively low.

Observer website: if the threshold of military conflict in the South China Sea is low, do you think that US President trump will create a military conflict between China and the United States in the South China Sea impulsively to reverse the decline of the election campaign?

Wu Shicun: I think in the period before the US election, the possibility that the United States will create extra troubles and stir up trouble in the South China Sea is on the rise. The United States can not play a lot of cards on the China issue now. The Xinjiang issue, the Hong Kong issue and the Taiwan issue are all about the same. So recently, the United States has been playing cards around the South China Sea issue.

On July 13, pompeio issued a statement on the South China Sea issue, on July 14, U.S. Assistant Secretary of state for Asia Pacific Affairs, David stavey, and on August 26, the United States imposed sanctions on 24 Chinese enterprises involved in the construction of islands and reefs in the South China Sea The possibility of making use of the South China Sea issue to stir up some troubles, to stir up Chinas issues with the help of the South China Sea issue, and to restore the declining trend of its election cannot be ruled out.

Observer website: if there is a military conflict between China and the United States in the South China Sea, is this in line with the interests of the United States in the South China Sea?

Wu Shicun: obviously not. The United States still has a clear understanding of this.

(function(){( window.slotbydup=window .slotbydup||[]).push({id:u5811557,container:ssp_ 5811557, async:true }Source of this article: Lin Qihui, editor in charge of global network_ NB13068