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China shipbuilder sails to global lead on Beijing's tailwind

Commercial vessel maker CSSC also benefits from nation's naval binge

China State Shipbuilding Corp. operates a shipyard in the northern port city of Dalian. (Photo by Shin Watanabe)

DALIAN, China -- China State Shipbuilding Corp. emerged as the world's top manufacturer of commercial vessels in 2020 based on new orders, with its ascent driven by Beijing's determination to become a maritime powerhouse.

Workers were attaching parts to vessels at a CSSC shipyard in Dalian, a northern port city, when this reporter visited in mid-March.

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