BEIJING, Nov. 15 (ChinaMil) -- The NNS Unity, the second P18N offshore patrol vessel built by China's Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group Co Ltd (WSIC) for Nigerian Navy, arrived at Lagos, the largest port city of Nigeria on Nov. 4.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Nov. 2 that the Royal Malaysian Navy would buy four offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) from China.
A new frigate independently developed by China for export was delivered to clients in Shanghai on July 12, 2016.
According to China Central Television (CCTV) reports, up to date, China has exported more than 20 military ships - with a tonnage around 1,000 tons and above - to countries including Bangladesh, Thailand, Pakistan, Egypt, Nigeria and Algeria.
In response to the above facts, the Japanese media said that China, through the export of naval warships, is strengthening relations with navies of Southeast Asian countries and consequently drawing close bilateral military relations.
According to interpretation of some Japanese media, such export can be seen as a far-reaching "special operations" of China, and purchasing warship from China will lead to the estrangement between the U.S. and these countries which have maintained good military relations with U.S., and in return, these countries will begin to favor China.
Du Wenlong, a researcher with the PLA Academy of Military Science, pointed out that the Japanese media is deliberately hyping up the "China threat theory" .
There are no conditions attached to export of any equipment or technology of China, Du said. Such military technological cooperation with other countries does not aim to forge the so-called "alliance" by the Japanese media. The decision of export is based on the importers' inclinations and needs for military operations, Du added.
At present, Chinese light weapons and equipment are popular in the developing countries of Asia and Africa. For them, weapons and equipment manufactured by western developed countries such as the U.S. are too expensive and cannot satisfy their needs.
As a comparison, China not only takes clients' combat requirements into account, but also offers an affordable price within their budget. Therefore, these countries are attracted by China's technology and sincerity.
Simply put, China does not use military technology trade to bind any countries.
The statement of Japanese media reflected Cold War mentality, intending to provoke the sensitive nerves of the U.S. against China.
IHS Jane's Defense Weekly of the U.K. reported on November 3 that China's 40th Jiangdao-class (Type 056/056A) corvette was launched on October 28 at the Huangpu shipyard in Guangzhou, South China's Guangdong province.
One month ago, the 39th Jiangdao-class corvette was launched at the Wuchang shipyard in Central China's Hubei province. Two other ships of this class were also launched at the Liaonan shipyard in Northeast China's Liaoning province in September.
The report said that the Chinese navy is in rapid expansion of its maritime forces.
Du Wenlong said that the fundamental technologies and weapon compatibility of Chinese warships have reached a high level, China-made weapons and equipment have excellent technical specifications and are reasonably priced.