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Indo-Pacific

US races to upgrade naval shipyards, wary of Chinese dominance

Lawmakers push $25bn overhaul to outdated facilities

Workers at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard prepare the USS Chicago (SSN 721), a Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine, to undock from Dry Dock 3. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

NEW YORK -- A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has proposed a $25 billion cash infusion into the nation's outdated naval shipyards to prepare for the great-power competition with China.

Concerns are mounting in the American defense community over the adequacy of vessel production and maintenance, considering the pace at which Beijing can build its own ships.

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