File under “it was going to happen eventually”.
Decades of US military build-up, particularly with respect to the missile defence system, have forced the Chinese to deploy nuclear submarines into the Pacific for the first time.
The Chinese military is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing’s existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative.
Chinese military officials are not commenting on the timing of a maiden patrol, but insist the move is inevitable.
They point to plans unveiled in March to station the US Thaad anti-ballistic system in South Korea, and the development of hypersonic glide missiles potentially capable of hitting China less than an hour after launch, as huge threats to the effectives of its land-based deterrent force.
I am personally not surprised by this, perhaps surprised that it has taken so long. There is a lot of stuff going on in the background - the US is trying to consolidate a false position of being the world’s only superpower. The BRICS countries are a huge blocker on that, representing the huge mass of people that they do.
Russia is surrounded by US military bases on its borders, Brazil’s left wing president has been ousted recently and now China feels it needs to deploy nuclear subs to curtail what it sees as aggressive posturing by the US.
The danger, of course, is that something goes off. The Chinese have never had boomers in the Pacific before. Apparently, each UK Trident commander has a sealed letter to crack open in case London is ever destroyed. Our commanders have dealt with the responsiblity for decades. Will the Chinese be as calm and considered as we appear to have been (a claim made on the basis that we’re all still here)?