Chinese sailors salute on top of a submarine during the fleet review at a China-Russia joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea in April 2012. Photo: Reuters
South China Morning Post: China and US in silent fight for supremacy beneath waves of South China Sea
The PLA Navy has dramatically extended the reach of its submarines in the contested waters, raising the risk to US warships, experts say.
As the world focuses on the war of words between China and the US over the militarisation of the disputed South China Sea, a silent, underwater fight for supremacy between the two countries is heating up.
US Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in a speech in New York in April that the US would spend more than US$8 billion next year to ensure it had “the most lethal and most advanced undersea and anti-submarine force in the world”. That budget – a roughly 14 per cent increase – will include spending on the development of undersea drones.
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WNU Editor: Welcome to the new arms race.