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Posted on 07/18/2011 8:35:07 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Why China Wants South China Sea
East Asia | Security | China
July 18, 2011By Tetsuo Kotani
Beijing is interested in more than just energy and fishery resources. The area is also integral to its nuclear submarine strategy.
In an effort to underscore its importance to Asia, geostrategist Nicholas Spykman once described it as the Asiatic Mediterranean. More recently, it has been dubbed the Chinese Caribbean. And, just as Rome and the United States have sought control over the Mediterranean and Caribbean, China now seeks dominance over the South China Sea.
Its clear that Chinas claims and recent assertiveness have increased tensions in this key body of water. Yet while most attention has focused on Beijings appetite for fishery and energy resources, from a submariners perspective, the semi-closed sea is integral to Chinas nuclear strategy. And without understanding the nuclear dimension of the South China Sea disputes, Chinas maritime expansion makes little sense.
Possessing a credible sea-based nuclear deterrent is a priority for China's military strategy. Chinas single Type 092, or Xia-class, nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, equipped with short-range JL-1 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), has never conducted a deterrent patrol from the Bohai Sea since its introduction in the 1980s. However, China is on the verge of acquiring credible second-strike capabilities with the anticipated introduction of JL-2 SLBMs (with an estimated range of 8,000 kilometres) coupled with DF-31 and DF-31A road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). In addition, China plans to introduce up to five Type 094, or Jin-class, SSBNs outfitted with the JL-2 missiles, while constructing an underwater submarine base on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.
Its clear, then, that China is making every effort to keep the South China Sea off limits, just as the Soviet Union did in the Sea of Okhotsk d
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Oil. Ever hear of off-shore drilling?
but it’s ok if commies do it.
That’s where the US EP-3 was forced down after a mid-air with a Chinese fighter about 10 years ago. The USN was interested in the island cuz it’s been hollowed-out a bit for a huge and well-protected offshore submarine base.
Some say the Chinese have plans for 20 submarines to be based there inside that island.
The Chinese want oil, they want their sea-lanes protected, and they want the USN out of the West Pacific.
I commented before reading the full article— DAYUM that was a great article..!
Excellent post —super important material...!
Why can’t mainstream publications get a clue and talk more about this super important stuff....?
but its ok if commies do it. ]
Mark my words in the next 50 years the Chinese colonialism of Africa is going to make the European colonialism of Africa 200 years ago look like a humanitarian relief mission.
All China has to do is implement a policy of Chinese working in colonies be exempt from the one child policy and in less than 2-3 generations Africa will be fully colonized.
Good luck with Hainan Island chuckleheads.
You are correct, but it aint gonna happen.
Bump for a very interesting article.
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In addition, China plans to introduce up to five Type 094, or Jin-class, SSBNs outfitted with the JL-2 missiles,
Plans? they have already launched 3 or more of the new 094s and are building more.
This article is somewhat behind the curve, IMHO.
That sure is a a pretty Target
I don’t think we can stop them.
“Why cant mainstream publications get a clue and talk more about this super important stuff....?”
Well, then just who is going to track down the whereabouts of Casey Anthony??????
The following is my original post -
We dont have the cajones.
Yep, oil and natural gas.
And old fashion in your face, “We can do whatever we want.”
Are these photos of the Type 094 submarine? Because I am under the impression that the actual number of 094 in service has never been revealed, nor is there any authentic pictures of it posted online. Am I being mistaken here?
You underestimate US
Sorry FRiend, the USA is in decline, I'm not a defeatist but a realist - dont for a minute think that the US will go to war with China over the Philippines.
America's biggest concern right now should be the economy.
The economy is our biggest challenge and we cant piss the Chinee off.
We can however find their weakness and bargaining points.
We hold the advantage on this naval stuff.
And I am doubtful we have the tools, talent or money but what are those things without resolve or cajones?
Ping of interest?
How long before China controls the route through the Indian Ocean?
if Barry wins again in 2012, then this very well MAY happen. That’s why it is super important to not only defeat him, but crush him and the demoncrats so they never try to foist an enemy of the state as president ever again. Obambi should lose by a greater margin than Carter did
However, two things:
1. That is NOW -- we don't know what will be the situation in 2030, maybe not even 2020
2. it also takes political will besides ability.
Not gonna happen. The Indians won’t allow it and the Indians, Vietnamese, Singaporeans,Australians plus the Indonesians and Malaysians all co-operate to some extent to prevent this.
I never claimed that we dont have the ability (we do) we simply don’t have the resolve or will.
that comment was directed to mylife. I agreed with your statements
I don’t disagree.
I am only saying that at present we control the seas.
Here's a sino-defence site on the Type 094. They believed the second one was completed in 2007:
Remember, there was only one, older SSGN that the Chinese had...so when you start seeing that one and two or three others with the classic humpback for their missiles, you know that they now have more of the newer ones. In that picture above, in the background you can see the entrance to the tunnel to their underground sub facility.
Here's another pic of a single one. The hump is longer on these than on the older sub.
The Federation of American Scientists indicated that two more had been sighted in March of this year...which would raise the number of the new boats to either three or four.
GlobalSecurity also has a pretty good site regarding the Type 094 indicating that up to three have been launched to date. Lots of info out there.
The US shouldn’t bother too much about China and the South China sea. Asia is not Latin America. Asia cannot be dominated by a hegemon the way the US dominated the Western hemisphere.
Right next to China is a wary Russia and a very wary Japan. South Korea is no slouch either and India can match China man for man. To this we add Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and Vietnam.
China is outnumbered here - easily.
China has been very stupid about the way it goes about relating with other Asian nations. And it’s stupid actions are further isolating it.
China wants to create the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, just with them in charge, instead of the Japanese.
africa’s rife with chicom scouts, small businesses, etc,
not to mention china’s natal selection of boys leads to
millions of males looking elsewhere for wives.