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China claims 055 destroyer surpasses US Aegis warship in capabilities

Computer image of Type 055 destroyer

Computer image of Type 055 destroyer

The following is a translation from Chinese media. It contains unreferenced citations from unnamed US media publications to support its claims:

A picture showing the ceremony on the commencement of the construction of the Type 055 destroyer last December has attracted much speculation among foreign media. Chinese media claims US media as saying that China’s Type 055 missile destroyer can be a rival to or even surpass US Aegis destroyer.

It is said that the destroyer has a displacement of 12,000 tons, second only to the DDG-1000 that the US is building.

Chinese media claims that according to US media, the 055 destroyer carries 128 anti-ship and surface-to-ground cruise missiles and air defence missiles, and may even be armed with an electromagnetic gun and laser weapon. Such a large warship is in fact a cruiser rather than a destroyer.

In the US, a cruiser is the major defence warship of an aircraft carrier battle group. In Russia, which has no aircraft carrier, a cruiser is the core of a fleet.

Some people may find it wierd that there is so much speculation since no one knows whether the picture is true or not. However, Wuhan Shipyard has built and tested the upper structure of the destroyer. As such construction and tests are usual procedures in building a new warship, it’s natural that the picture has drawn much attention.

Chinese military expert Yin Zhuo said in an interview with CCTV (Chinese government’s major TV media) that he believed that there must be great innovation in the destroyer by using digital complete electric propulsion so that there will be enough electric power for laser weapons and an electromagnetic gun.

Judging by the model of the upper structure of the Type 055 destroyer in Wuhan, the destroyer is perhaps 180 metres long and 20 metres wide, with a displacement exceeding 10,000 tons.

Yin believes that the destroyer will serve as the core of the Chinese fleet before China has commissioned more aircraft carriers.

Source: mil.huanqiu.com “Foreign media says China’s Type 055 destroyer surpasses US Aegis warship in capabilities and may be equipped with electromagnetic gun” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee


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