Chinese Navy To Flaunt Its Newest Warships Next Week During Fleet Week

China has had naval technology since ancient times, but its modern navy was founded in 1949. (Wikimedia Commons: US Navy / David Rush)

ABC News Online: China to flaunt new-found military muscle as People's Liberation Army navy turns 70

China's navy will mark 70 years since its founding next week, in a parade that will show off new warships including nuclear submarines and destroyers, giving the emergent superpower the chance to flaunt its wealth and new-found military muscle.

While China's involvement in naval technology stretches back to 549 BC, China's modern navy was founded on April 23, 1949, which has remained under Chinese Communist Party control.

President Xi Jinping is overseeing a sweeping plan to refurbish the People's Liberation Army (PLA) by developing everything from stealth jets to aircraft carriers as China ramps up its presence in the South China Sea and around Taiwan, which Beijing considers a rogue Chinese territory.

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More News On China's Fleet Week

PLA Navy reveals details of April 23 fleet review -- CGTN
China to show off new nuclear subs, destroyers for first time at fleet review marking navy's 70th anniversary -- Japan Times
China to show new warships as Beijing flexes military muscle on navy anniversary -- CNBC/Reuters
China to show off new warships next week -- The Hill
China to unveil new warships as Beijing flexes military muscles on Navy anniversary -- Express

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