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Expert: China's nuclear submarine deployment has nothing to do with Japanese military exercise

People's Daily Online

(People's Daily Online) 17:05, October 31, 2013

There have been several recent media reports on China's first nuclear submarine detachment. Pictures disclosed to the media show drills taking place inside Chinese nuclear submarines for the first time. When interviewed by media, the military expert Yin Zhuo said that China has insisted that 'China's nuclear submarine deployment has nothing to do with Japanese military exercises'.

In the 1970s, a special group coded 09 emerged, which is China's fleet of nuclear submarines. A counter-attack force against aggression by foreign powers, this fleet recently made a continuous voyage of 90 days and nights, thus setting a new record for a single voyage of long duration among nuclear submarines worldwide. As a strategic 'iron fist' of the Chinese military, the fleet has an initial nuclear deterrence and counterattack capability. It has guaranteed nuclear safety for 42 years, and no nuclear accident has ever occurred.

When asked why China has disclosed information on its nuclear submarine operations on this occasion, Yin Zhuo answered: 'We are revealing this information now because the build-up of our nuclear submarine force has already reached a certain stage. Our army has become more confident and transparent. We are also willing to establish a mutual-trust relationship with other countries in terms of armaments and military development, so as to increase our military transparency. Although we have publicized information on our nuclear submarines, these are not our state-of-the-art ones, because we are developing and exploring more advanced submarines while deploying our existing fleet. We will continue to develop further new technology in the future. This also improves our self-confidence.'

Yin Zhuo said that the notable achievements of China's nuclear submarine fleet over the past 42 years had won it considerable respect. Of course, the public should be allowed access to information on the fleet. China's disclosures on its nuclear submarine forces have nothing to do with Japanese military exercises. Of course, any information that China makes available about its nuclear submarine force will also serve as a warning and deterrent to any country that might attempt to use nuclear submarines against us.

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