In this Aug. 28, 2014 photo, fishermen look at a Chinese nuclear submarine sails past…
The Chinese are moving to make a first nuclear strike against them from anywhere on the planet impossible. The nearly invisible JIN class submarines armed with nuclear JL–2 ballistic missiles will be primed to take enemies down before they can launch an attack against China.
The nuclear-powered subs will probably conduct initial patrols with the missiles by the end of this year, “giving China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent,” according to an annual report to Congress submitted in November by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Deploying the vessels will burnish China’s prestige as Xi seeks to end what he calls the “cold war” mentality that resulted in U.S. dominance of Asia-Pacific security. Since coming to power, Xi has increased military spending with a focus on longer-range capacity, including plans to add to the country’s tally of a single aircraft carrier.
“For the first time in history, China’s nuclear arsenal will be invulnerable to a first strike,” said independent strategist Nicolas Giacometti, who has written analysis for The Diplomat and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “It’s the last leap toward China’s assured nuclear-retaliation capability.”
China’s nuclear-defense strategy is engineered to provide retaliation capability in the event of attack from nuclear powered nations as far away as the U.S. and also from Russia and India, according to Felix Chang, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia.
I doubt China has anything to worry about from Russia, since they are both part of the new Axis of Evil. However, I am sure they consider India a potential threat and the US a definite threat. This is also to bolster the threat against Japan to stay in line and cede territory to the Chinese or else. It will almost assuredly guarantee their control of the East and South China Seas.