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Chinese media claims three strategic nuclear submarines berthed in Hainan are superior to current submarines

Photo taken by a web user on the spot of three strategic nuclear submarines berthed together

Photo taken by a web user on the spot of three strategic nuclear submarines berthed together

Canada’s Kanwa Defence Review (a foreign Chinese media publication) published an article on May 23, 2014 on three strategic nuclear submarines emerging (SSBN) at Yalung Bay, Sanya, Hainan Island at the same time. Some analysts regard them as 094 submarines. The article regards the appearance as a trend deserving much attention.

Taking into account the satellite photo of an SSBN at Hulu Island in Northeast China on August 21, 2013, China must have produced more SSBNs. The SSBN in the satellite photo differs from the 094 SSBN already in service in the Chinese navy. Though having the same number of 12 missile launching tubes, the distance from its bow to sail hull is shorter than the 094; therefore, the SSBN in the satellite photo could be an improved version of the 094 or the 096 SSBN.

As a land-based ICBM has 20% shorter range when it is submarine-launched, the JL-2A (DF-31A) missile in the 094 SSBNs must have a range of 6,000 to 8,000 km.

The article believes that one of the three SSBNs at Yalong Bay, Sanya is probably the same as that which appeared at Hulu Island. The fact that three SSBNs appeared at the same time at Sanya proves the greater importance Chinese navy attaches to its No. 2 Second SSBN Fleet than its No.1 SSBN Fleet. Of course, there is no denial of the possibility that the three SSBNs are new ones undergoing sea tests, and berthed temporarily at Sanya.

The article says that more frequent appearance of SSBNs in Sany is normal as the sea is deeper there. An SSBN submerged deep and remain still there is very difficult to detect.

Three 094 SSBNs can carry 36 nuclear warheads and thus have initial second-strike capability. As China’s old 092 SSBNs have remained in port increasingly frequently, they are believed to be decommissioned soon. In the future, ICBMs constitute Chinese nuclear submarines’ major combat capabilities.

According to the article, in 2013, a new attack nuclear submarine (SSN) was found by satellite at Hulu Island. China has commissioned two 093 SSNs; therefore, soon there will probably be a third new SSN in service. However, we cannot tell whether it was a 095 or 093A submarine until it is seen near land.

Source: huanqiu.com “News spread on the Internet of three strategic nuclear submarines appearing in Sanya at the same time: Kanwa says it deserves much attention” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)

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Author of the book "Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements" about how with the help of Tiananmen Protests, talented scholars with moral integrity seized power in the Party and state and brought prosperity to China. The second edition of the book will be published within a few days to mark the 25th anniversary of Tiananmen Protests All the parts in the first edition remain in the second edition with a few changes due to information available later and better understanding. There are also some changes for improvements of style. The new parts are Chapters 12-19 on events in China after the first edition was published: The fierce power struggle for succession between reformists and conservatives; Xi Jinping winning all elders’ support during his mysterious disappearance for 2 weeks in early September, 2012; and Xi Jinping Cyclone. Chan Kai Yee's new book: SPACE ERA STRATEGY: The Way China Beats The US An eye-opening book that tells the truth how the US is losing to China. The US is losing as it adopts the outdated strategy of Air-Sea Battle while China adopts the space era strategy to pursue integrated space and air capabilities: It is losing due to its diplomacy that has given rise to Russian-Chinese alliance. US outdated strategy has enabled China to catch up and surpass the US in key weapons: Hypersonic weapons (HGV) that Pentagon regards as the weapon that will dominate the world in the future. Aerospaceplane in China’s development of space-air bomber that can engage enemy anywhere in the world within an hour and destroy an entire aircraft carrier battle group within minutes. Anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, anti-ASAT weapons, stealth aircrafts, drones, AEW&C, etc. The book gives detailed descriptions of China’s weapon development based on information mainly from Chinese sources that the author monitors closely. U.S. Must Not Be Beaten by China! China is not a democracy. Its political system cannot prevent the emergence of a despotic leader or stop such a leader when he begins to bring disasters to people. A few decades ago, Mao Zedong, the worst tyrant in world history did emerge and bring disasters to Chinese people. He wanted to fight a nuclear war to replace capitalism with communism but could not bring nuclear holocaust to world people as China was too weak and poor at that time. If a despot like Mao Zedong emerges when China has surpassed the US in military strength, world people will suffer the misery experienced by Chinese people in Mao era. China surpassing the US in GDP is not something to worry about as China has the heavy burden to satisfy its huge population, but China surpassing the US in military strength will be world people’s greatest concern if China remains an autocracy. US people are of much better quality than Chinese people. What they lack is a wise leader to adopt the correct strategy and diplomacy and the creative ways to use its resources in developing its military capabilities. I hope that with the emergence of a great leader, the US can put an end to its decline and remain number one in the world. China, US, space era strategy, air-sea battle, space-air bomber, arms race, weapon development, chan kai yee



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