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.
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