We have outlined that China represents one of the greatest long-term strategic threats to the Indo-Pacific region and the US military that operates with-in. President Trump made it extremely clear last week that the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is a "threat to the world."
New reports surfaced on Twitter indicating the PLAN has started the launch process of a new amphibious assault ship that could soon be capable of launching an attack on Taiwan.
A statement from the PLAN Wednesday said the Type 075, a helicopter carrier displacing more than 30,000 tons, is undergoing launch preparations at China State Shipbuilding Corporation's Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard, reported Naval News.
PLAN officials said Type 075 is a new class of warship, entirely produced in China, will be able to carry out amphibious combat missions.
Development work on Type 075 started in 2011, and it will be a "vertical" amphibious assault vessel capable of launching attacks on the mountainous East Coast of Taiwan.