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China's growing submarine force is 'armed to the teeth' — and the rest of the Pacific is racing to keep up

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China's growing submarine force is 'armed to the teeth' — and the rest of the Pacific is racing to keep up

Christopher Woody

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REUTERS/China Daily

Countries in East Asia, led by China, have been pursuing a military buildup for years.

Submarines, flexible platforms with strategic uses, have been a particular focus.

Uncertainty about the balance of power in the region has stoked countries' pursuit of military hardware.


In October 2006, a Chinese Song-class diesel-electric submarine capable of carrying torpedoes and antiship missiles surfaced within firing range of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk.

"Some navy officers interpreted it as a 'Gotcha!' move," journalist Michael Fabey wrote in his 2018 book, "Crashback." It was "a warning from China that US carrier groups could no longer expect to operate with impunity."

Almost exactly nine years later, China again demonstrated its growing naval prowess, when a Kilo-class diesel-electric attack sub shadowed the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan near southern Japan.

One defense official told The Washington Free Beacon that the sub's appearance "set off alarm bells on the Reagan," though there was no sign of threatening behavior.

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There has been some tension there, it will one day come to a head. I sincerely hope it is not sooner, but rather much, much later.

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Most of the world is on edge and with all the new types of weapons and the technology of deception, ANYONE could start something with faked evidence that is so real almost impossible to detect!!

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