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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

China may be trying to hide its submarines in the South China Sea

Type 094 (Jin) class SSBNFor months, China’s visible construction of artificial islands and military facilities in the South China Sea has alarmed U.S. officials and many of China’s neighbors.

What is happening under the water is also worrisome, say several defense and security analysts.

China has a growing fleet of nuclear submarines armed with ballistic missiles. The expansion of its claim on the South China Sea may be intended to create a deep-water sanctuary — known in military parlance as a “bastion” — where its submarine fleet could avoid detection.

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