China Claims It’s Building ‘Science Fiction’ Warship
The People’s Republic of China announced that it was developing a futuristic warship, according to a Hong Kong newspaper. According to the report, the planned warship would attempt to disrupt current naval doctrines.
The South Morning China Post quoted People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Rear Adm. Ma Weiming as stating that the planned craft “will completely overturn the combat formation of naval fleets” which have been “in place for over a hundred years.”
This includes the potential use of rail guns, microwaves and laser weapons.
— New York Post (@nypost) June 16, 2023
The admiral said that the technology would “cleverly and effectively transform the energy from the ship’s power source—nuclear energy—into the electromagnetic energy needed” for the weapons.
No exact timeline for the ship’s construction has been released, though the PLA Navy has been aggressively expanding its presence in the South Pacific.
China is currently testing its third aircraft carrier.
Last year, a report published by the United States Naval Institute estimated that China could field five aircraft carriers and ten ballistic missile submarines by 2030.
The report cites retired Adm. Phil Davidson as arguing that China’s “long-range goal to achieve great power status by mid-century.”
Furthermore, the estimate references Chinese efforts to construct bases outside of the South Pacific, including in Africa. Furthermore, the People’s Republic has inked infrastructure deals with a number of Asian and African nations in a bid to build strategic relationships.
The news regarding the planned warship comes as a number of Republican senators penned a letter to the White House regarding President Joe Biden’s approach to Beijing. In particular, the senators expressed concern over the Chinese spy balloon that transited above the United States earlier this year.
The senators requested the White House “to release, to the American people, all appropriate information that the United States has collected regarding the Chinese spy balloon.”
The letter also called upon the Biden administration to “review all options to firmly respond to, and deter, the PRC’s significant violations that threaten American national security and interests.”
“Beijing continues to test U.S. resolve and tarnish U.S. credibility—we must respond with strength, or risk further aggression from America’s adversaries,” it said.