U.S. think tank says Evergreen’s purchase of ships from China Shipbuilding Corp. threatens to boost Chinese Communist military strength

(CNA) The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a U.S. think tank, said the contract between China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) and Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp. is likely to indirectly lower the cost of upgrading China’s naval forces, further posing security concerns for Taiwan. According to Reuters, China Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), a major manufacturer of ships for the rapidly expanding People’s Liberation Army, is believed to be building China’s third aircraft carrier.

The Center for Strategic and International Studies said in a report that Evergreen Marine Corp. has purchased 44 ships from China since 2018, all but two of which were ordered from shipbuilders that produce Chinese warships, including China Shipbuilding Group Corp.

In response, Evergreen said in a statement that all of its container ship programs are subject to international tenders and that contracts with the merchant marine division of China State Shipbuilding Corporation are “completely separate and distinct” from the military sector. Evergreen also said the company discloses order-related information to shareholders and relevant authorities.

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