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Experts denounce speculation that Chinese chips cause U.S. vessel malfunctions

(People's Daily Online)    16:19, November 30, 2016

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Chinese experts have taken exception to the speculation of Russian media that Chinese-made chips are responsible for two recent malfunctions of Western navy vessels.

“The U.S. missile destroyer Zumwalt and high-tech destroyer of the British Royal Navy HMS Ducan have turned into useless tin cans due to China……The killer chips are present in almost all the military equipment and communication systems which have been recently built by the U.S. and Great Britain,” Pravda.ru, a Russian news website, reported on Nov. 28.

The report comes after USS Zumwalt, the most cutting-edge U.S. destroyer, broke down in the Panama Canal on Nov. 21, and British warship HMS Duncan had to be towed back to port on Nov. 23 due to a malfunction.

According to the report, microchips made in China are to be blamed for both incidents, as they were allegedly installed in both vessels.

“Generally speaking, the U.S. rarely imports foreign-made components for its core equipment. Even if they did introduce Chinese microchips, strict scrutiny would be applied to ensure national security,” Zhang Junshe, a research fellow at the People’s Liberation Army Navy Military Academic Research Institute, told the Global Times.

“It would be ridiculous to assume that China sold fake chips to other nations, as this would ruin China’s reputation and development,” Zhang added.

Neither the U.K. nor U.S. have released detailed reports on the malfunctions. However, this is not the first time such an incident has befallen the British vessel. In 2014, HMS Ducan suffered a power outage during a naval exercise, according to the Telegraph. 

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