Friday, May 2, 2008

Forget the Olympics For Now: China's Secret Submarine Base is Serious

China and the Olympics are very much in the news: I'll grant that the Olympics is a big deal, and that threats to reporters and China's desire to shelter Olympic guests from the rigors of communicating with the outside world are important.

But this should be a major concern, too (first five paragraphs of a British news article):
  1. "China has secretly built a major underground nuclear submarine base that could threaten Asian countries and challenge American power in the region, it can be disclosed.
  2. "Satellite imagery, passed to The Daily Telegraph, shows that a substantial harbour has been built which could house a score of nuclear ballistic missile submarines and a host of aircraft carriers.
  3. "In what will be a significant challenge to US Navy dominance and to countries ringing the South China Sea, one photograph shows China’s latest 094 nuclear submarine at the base just a few hundred miles from its neighbours.
  4. "Other images show numerous warships moored to long jettys and a network of underground tunnels at the Sanya base on the southern tip of Hainan island.
  5. "Of even greater concern to the Pentagon are massive tunnel entrances, estimated to be 60ft high, built into hillsides around the base. Sources fear they could lead to caverns capable of hiding up to 20 nuclear submarines from spy satellites."
("Chinese nuclear submarine base" Telegraph (UK) (May 2, 2008))

"Analysts for Jane's Intelligence Review, a defense magazine, said that the secret base could allow Chinese subs to "break out to launch locations closer to the U.S.," according to the Telegraph. The base has immediate access to very deep waters, which would make launched submarines very difficult to detect." ("China Builds Secret Nuclear Submarine Base in South China Sea" FoxNEWS (May 2, 2008))

Whaddaya Mean, "Secret Base"?!

"Secret submarine base" has a sort of dime novel/comic book ring to it, for me. I wondered what could be so secret about a base that had been located and identified.

It looks like much of the base is underground. It would be difficult, maybe impossible, to tell if there were no submarines inside, one sub, or 20. And that does make a difference, when it comes to security and military planning.

As I've said before, it's a mistake to focus strictly on the Middle East. The War on Terror may become - and may already be - a global conflict. And if that is the case, it will almost certainly have alliances as odd as that between "Aryan" Germany and sincerely non-"Aryan" Japan, a half-century ago.

I think that this submarine base is a clear indication that the Chinese government has a great deal more on its mind than just keeping awkward facts from leaking out during their Olympic Games.

3 comments:

Jersey Lou said...

Brian,

I found myself disgusted by the initial reports of the thuggish tactics of the Chinese paramilitaries escorting the pagan Olympic torch around the globe. But that, compared to the ominous news of this naval base, is nothing. Thank you for posting on this.

Ultimately, the Olympic games are a distraction for the people, and a celebration of pagan mythology. It may have ties to the "elite's" desire for a global government. I personally believe China's hosting the games has incredible significance. Call it a hunch.

Keep up the good fight brother.

Jersey Lou said...

You can always feel free to link to any of my posts at http://www.humanityovercomes.blogspot.com.

Brian, aka Nanoc, aka Norski said...

Jersey Lou,

Thank you for the comments.

Personally, I'm not as concerned as you seem to be about the pagan (true) Olympic torch.

The Olympic games do use pagan symbolism, but in a quite secular context. I'll have to check, now, but I hadn't noticed anything in previous Olympic cycles to suggest that there was a serious effort at re-energizing the beliefs of pre-Christian Rome and Greece.

On the other hand, I'm one of those people who have a pagan Christmas tree in my house each year - as part of this family's celebration of Christmas.

Symbols are what they're made to be.

About the Olympic hoorah and the submarine base: Thanks for the corroboration.

And, you're welcome.

Traditional News sources don't seem to be paying much attention to China's remarkably energetic foreign policy.

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