If he ordered so, it would be at least 5 years ago.LMAO WTF, I wonder what were Xi Jinping's orders to the shipyards, did he order them to increase the rate to 10 per year, or may be he just told them "alright you can produce as many destroyers as you can, don't worry about the money".
actually my bluff was there might be a decline in commercial shipbuilding, causing an increase of warships' production, but now I briefly checked and it seems I was wrong about the first part (the decline)now just not to forget a factor which favors China though in a naval buildup (if there's such thing),
which is in the US shipyard workers are hired and fired again and again
Jun 20, 2018
while I expect China to distribute orders between naval and merchant vessels
(I wouldn't write about planned economy, socialism with Chinese characteristics and other ideological stuff, but this is what's in play here -- I hope my wording is careful)
and this way I guess China keeps its workforce in place, and its shipyards up-to-date
(last year I read some tragicomic info about 1930s lathe still in use in some US public shipyard etc., in short tens of billions are needed, not sure if the Pentagon has them)