A lot of coverage has been given to thelaunch of the HMS Queen Elizabeth, the newest ship to join the Royal Navy howeverChina has launched a ship as well, and it’s part of an arms race.
On Wednesday, China launched a new type ofdomestically built warships that are designed to promote Chinese built shipsthat would take an increasingly assertive stance in the South China Sea.
The new destroyer is approximately 10,000tonnes and will undergo extensive testing with is newly equipped air defence,anti-missile, anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons. The vessel is the first ofits type 055 destroyers and is the successor to the smaller type 052Ddestroyers.
China in recent years has been investing moremoney in its armed forces and announced in March that the budget would increaseby 7% even though for the last 20 years increases in military spending werelarger.
Its military budget still remains smallerthan the United States and their military spending would be considered smallerif President Trump increases military spending by 10%.
The new destroyer is set for sea trials –let’s see how it goes.
Steven Jones July 2, 2017 at 20:05
The amount of money the US spends ondefence is truly staggering, how long can it continue ?
David July 2, 2017 at 22:37
That’s because they don’t spend money onsocial welfare anywhere near as much as in Europe. For example, if you are laidoff, you get unemployment insurance for six months – that’s it. So, the largesteconomy in the world without the social welfare spending means you can affordthe largest defence budget in the world. Now, that’s not to say there aren’tpressures on the defence budget in the US because there are – the deficit beingone – but Europe is crippled by welfare handouts leaving defence way down thelist of priorities.
That and the fact Europe is quite preparedto sit back and let the US tax payers fund the lions share of their collectivedefence equaling even less of a priority on defence.
Say what you like about Trump but he is absolutelydead right that the Europeans can and should pay more for their defence!