Over the last few months I have been posting about the military build up by China, especially the Chinese navy. Now comes this disturbing report from James T. Hackett, on the scope of the build up of China's submarine forces.
"Much has been written about China's arms buildup. Perhaps most ominous is the major ugrading of Beijing's submarine fleet. The world's third-largest submarine force is training to blockade Taiwan and attack U.S. aircraft carriers."The Chinese navy's progression froma brown water to a green water to a blue water force can only be construed as a preparation for an assault on Taiwan and the Spratly Islands. The Spratly Islands are claimed by several countries, including China and Taiwan, and may have extensive oil and gas reserves. Oil is some thing China has a large thirst for.
Here is a listing of the upgrades China has made to it's submarine fleet, I have gleaned from the article:
The article has more information on this build up. I noted that the French have been heavily involved in assisting China in upgrading submarine technology. All the more reason for the US to bear as much pressure on the EU to stop any more arms sales to China. Congress, in it's rush to cash in on the so called "peace dividend", has ended the construction program of the Sea Wolf class of submarines. Perhaps it is time to look anew at that weapons program. - Sailor.