Friday, July 16, 2004

China Develops New Submarine

According the Bill Gertz in the Washington Times, China has developed and built a new class of submarine that was only recently discovered by the United States.  This is disturbing article in many respects.  First, the Chinese were able to develop and build this submarine without the United States knowing until it was complete.  However,  more disturbing is Bill Gertz account of the Chinese build-up of subs of all class as part of a shifting naval strategy.  The Chinese have made the decision that their best defense against our carriers is a large force of submarines.  This is a shift from their previous coastal defense strategy.
 
Also in a story that failed to show up in the national news at all last week, Chinese leaders told Condaleeza Rice that they "would not sit idly by as Taiwan moved toward independence". 

Read the entire article.