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A new form of Unscrewed Surface Vessels, also known as USVs were seen docked at the docks on the north-China coast just miles from the Xiaopingdao naval base. The base, reportedly used by the People’s Liberation Army, has in the past housed Chinese submarines, including the kind-036 Ming Class boats.

According to UNSI News, China’s State Shipbuilding Corporation built JARI-USV ‘mini-destroyers’ at the location in 2018.

The JARI, which refers to the Jiangsu Automation Research Institute, is a noteworthy USV independent.

The boat, which is around 50 feet long, is capable of being mounted with an ambitious weapons arsenal, including surface to air missiles, and two torpedoes.

additional electronic warfare systems also include phased range radars and electro-optical devices, along with more traditional sonar systems, which can be used in the tracking of submersed targets such as submarines.

The new ships being developed appear follow a similar form to that of the JARI.

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China’s military is growing in strength under President Xi (Image: Getty)

The Chinese Navy is expanding its influence (Image: Getty)

Much like its peer, it has openings for torpedoes on each side of the hull, however, its size is considerably larger, boasting an additional 20 feet of space, making the craft far more stable than the JARI.

Some experts believe that China is also holding other secret warships at the port, constructed in 2017.

The emergence of such Chinese military hardware comes at a time of raised tension in the vicinity.

Already China and the United States have crossed paths on multiple occasions around the South China Sea, a place in which China has started to reclaim land from the sea, building a great large number of islands in the time of action.

US Spy planes have been warned to stay away (Image: Getty)

Many of the islands are said to be used for military purposes, with clear satellite images of runways and ports appearing on the new plots of land.

The United States has often been warned away from the area during aerial reconnaissance by Chinese military units.

The US has repeatedly defended its right to fly into international airspace, and has continued to do so in spite of of Chinese pressure to stay away.

Furthermore, tension between China and Taiwan has also led to China flexing its military muscles as a war of words between Beijing and Taipei seem to escalate on a daily basis.

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Chinese Navy displays some of its equipment (Image: Getty)

President Xi has vowed to reclaim the self-declared independent territory which it claims is nevertheless part of China, while Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has said the small island will defend itself and not bow to pressure from China.

The satellite images have been released at a time of heightened tension, escalated after the signing of the AUKUS deal between Australia, UK and US.

AUKUS will see a fleet of nuclear powered submarines built in Australia, in a move widely perceived as an effort to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific vicinity.

Speaking of the deal, and the role China, UK Defence Secretary said: It is growing its navy [and] air force at a huge rate. clearly it is engaged in some disputed areas… Our partners in those regions want to be able to stand their own ground.”

Although the AUKUS deal has however to be put into operation, global focus has shifted from West Asia to the Indo-Pacific in recent months following the withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan, in addition as dying interest in events in Syria.

China has its own fleet of nuclear submarines (Image: Getty)

The prospect of a new Cold War in the vicinity is fast becoming a reality, with nations in the area, such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan fearing the move could rule to a regional arms race.

Already the two Koreas have escalated their military might in recent weeks, with hypersonic missile testing in the North and ICBM capable submarines revealed in the South.

With China fast rising as the world’s largest economy, due to overtake the USA by 2024, the race is on to obtain a position on the world stage by a show of force, strength and commercial strength.

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