Three posts of interest to China naval gazers (as opposed to a Chinese navel gazers), two from the Federation of American Scientists, here (filled with juicy links) and here, and one from Arms Control Wonk's Jeffrey Lewis. In a nutshell, China's navy has made some impressive progress. But their latest-generation nuclear-powered and nuclear warhead-capable submarines are too noisy to pose a credible second-strike deterrent given U.S. and Japanese anti-sub capabilities. That makes it, according to Lewis, "a very impressive submarine — for the 1960s." He also raises some questions about China's strategic approach to their use.
Hopefully we'll never get a chance to find out how usable a force China's military buildup has actually delivered. But it's an interesting question to ponder.
- Global Insights: When it Comes to Nonproliferation, China Has Been a ‘Free Rider’
- BRICS Bank Will Bolster, Not Challenge, Global Financial System
- Global Insights: China Advances on Missile Defense, With Eye on Dissuading Rivals
- The Realist Prism: U.S. Watches From Sidelines as Global Leaders Gather in Brazil
- World Citizen: As U.S. Pivot Stalls, Developments in East Asia Speed Ahead