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Analysis: PLA Navy edges toward owning Asia-Pacific

13th July 2017 - 10:13 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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China is producing naval vessels at a rate that will soon see the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) eclipse the US Navy (USN) in force structure and capabilities in the Asia-Pacific region. Sources indicate that China is intent on replacing the US as security guarantor for the region, and could use its position to force regional neighbours to serve as tributary states.

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