In response to media reports that “the Navy is purchasing U.S. Littoral Combat Ships,” the Navy Command stated the following today (20th):
1. Regarding the “U.S. military’s urgent sale of littoral combat ships”, the second statement is inconsistent with the facts. We call on the media to fulfill their verification responsibilities to avoid spreading wrong information and damaging exchange relations with the United States.
2. In response to the CCP’s gray zone maritime harassment, our military has studied various possibilities and discussed cooperation plans with the United States in different aspects such as shipbuilding cooperation and technology transfer to accelerate the filling of the gap in combat capabilities. Currently, there is no purchase of coastal weapons from the United States. Battleship planning.