How China’s growing PLA Navy could close a perception gap in the South China Sea


As the PLA Navy stands poised to celebrate its 70th anniversary, there is much to be happy about, especially where capability modernisation is concerned.The navy by 2000 had mustered a total of 57 submarines, only six of which were built in the 1990s and could have been considered modern and up-to-date. The same applied to only four of the total of 20 destroyers and frigates in the navy’s fleet at the time.Fast forward to today’s PLA Navy. According to the International Institute of Strategic…



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