looks like derivat of 071 C class
i don't understand why the PLAN is building hospital ships like these. and there seems to be more than one of them too. the PLA is strictly a china bound military unlike the militaries of the UK, france and the US. there is no need to have a ship sent abroad to treat battlefield wounded troops because the PLA doesn't have foreign bases, it avoids joining in conflicts like iraq and afghanistan. why is there a need to build such a large medical ship?
I suspect disaster relief is the main mission for these
Those of you pointing out humanitarian purposes probably more hit the nail on the head. Since it was the tsunami disaster that showed the Chinese government the lack of ability for China to carry out logistical and relief operations. All those countries laughing at China because it couldn't help as much in relief other than money...