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Navy denies Chinese submarine spotted in waters off Taiwan

ROC Central News Agency

2010/01/31 21:19:44

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) The navy denied a news report Sunday that aChinese submarine was spotted in Taiwan's territorial watersrecently.

The United Evening News reported earlier in the day that,Taiwan's anti-submarine helicopters detected an unidentified objectunder the surface of the water 24 miles southeast of Zuoying navalbase on Jan. 27.

The surface vessels, out on a training drill, went immediately onalert after determining the underwater object was a submarine thatfailed to respond to signals beamed at it. The submarine left thearea soon after it was spotted, the report said.

Hsia Te-yu, political warfare chief of the Navy Command, said,however, that the navy concluded that the target was in fact not asubmarine.

"Otherwise deep sea bombs would have been dumped and otheractions taken to either force it to the surface or confine it toa fixed area, " he added.

Hsia said many factors could have influenced naval personnel'sability to identify the underwater object, including its depth, thecontour of the sea bed, sunken ships lying at the bottom of theocean, and movements of schools of fish.

(By Chiachen Hsieh & Bear Lee)enditem/ls

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