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Type 094 Jin-class Ballistic Missile Submarine

A new design (type 094) had been planned since the late 1980s. Possibly incorporating some Russian technology, the Type 094 was expected to be a dramatic improvement over the sole Xia class SSBN, with improved quieting and sensor systems, and a more reliable propulsion system. Other improvements in sonar, propulsion, training, and the application of quieting techniques will contribute to a significant improvement in the capabilities of China's submarine fleet.

The 2013 Report To Congress Of The U.S.-China Economic And Security Review Commission reported in November 2013 that "China’s Julang-2 (JL–2) submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) is expected to reach initial operational capability by late 2013. The JL–2, when mated with the PLA Navy’s JIN-class nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), will give China its first credible sea-based nuclear deterrent. The JIN SSBN/JL–2 weapon system will have a range of approximately 4,000 nautical miles (nm), allowing the PLA Navy to target the continental United States from China’s littoral waters. China has deployed three JIN SSBNs and probably will field two additional units by 2020. China also is developing its next generation SSBN, the Type 096, which likely will improve the range, mobility, stealth, and lethality of the PLA Navy’s nuclear deterrent."

The 2017 Report to Congress stated that "China’s four operational JIN-class SSBNs represent China’s first credible, sea-based nuclear deterrent. China’s next-generation Type 096 SSBN, will likely begin construction in the early-2020s, and reportedly will be armed with the JL-3, a follow-on SLBM."

Gregory Kulacki wrote in January 2018 that "China does not currently deploy nuclear weapons on submarines or on aircraft.... China’s nuclear modernization program may eventually include plans to deploy a small number of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and air-launched cruise missiles... China’s ballistic missile submarines have yet to begin conducting patrols. This could be because the submarines are noisy and therefore vulnerable. It could also be because China traditionally keeps its nuclear warheads separate from the missiles that deliver them. This nuclear posture, which is consistent with China’s commitment to a no first-use policy, would be impossible to preserve with nuclear-armed ballistic missile submarines on patrol."

Unfortunately, Kulacki is rather imprecise in his usage of terms such as "currently deploy". The implication of his discussion is that the J-2 SLBMs are not loaded on the boats, and that the missiles and reentry vehicles are stored separately. This physical configuration made sense half a century ago, and might make sense in a deeply de-alerted posture, but it is not consistent with a secure strategic reserve. Some considerable time, surely days, would be required to mount the warheads on the missiles, and load the missiles on the boats. Possibly the Chinese have such a de-alareted posture, but by this logic China might be said to have never "deployed" nuclear weapons since it would be claimed that their entire stockpile resides in this status. But this is starting to tread into the realm of arms control counting rules. In the United States, nuclear capable bombers normally do not have their associated weapons mounted on the aircraft. But those weapons are nonetheless attributed as "deployed".

Or it could be that China has deployed an SSBN fleet "with Chinese characteristics". During the Cold War, both the United States and Soviet Union deployed ballistic missile submarines off the others coasts. But as missile ranges grew, deployment patterns diverged. The United States embarked on open ocean patrols, in which the American boomers roamed the world ocean. The Soviet boomers retreated into bastions near Soviet home waters, where they could be protected by the rest of the Soviet Navy. It is easy to imagine that the Chinese have followed this bastion strategy in the South China Sea, and have no interest in American-style open ocean patrols that would convince American analysts that they were genuinely operational by US Navy standards.

Type 094 Jin-class Nomenclature

The collapse of the Han dynasty in A.D. 220 was followed by nearly four centuries of rule by warlords. The age of civil wars and disunity began with the era of the Three Kingdoms (Wei, Shu, and Wu, which had overlapping reigns during the period A.D. 220-80). In later times, fiction and drama greatly romanticized the reputed chivalry of this period. Unity was restored briefly in the early years of the Jin dynasty (A.D. 265-420), but the Jin could not long contain the invasions of the nomadic peoples. In A.D. 317 the Jin court was forced to flee from Luoyang and reestablished itself at Nanjing to the south. To fend off barbarian intrusion, the fortification walls built by the various warring states were connected to make a 5,000- kilometer-long great wall. What is commonly referred to as the Great Wall is actually four great walls rebuilt or extended during the Western Han, Sui, Jin, and Ming periods, rather than a single, continuous wall. At its extremities, the Great Wall reaches from northeastern Heilongjiang Province to northwestern Gansu.

The Yangtze River, some 6300 km long in total, is the largest river in China and the third in the world(the Nile and the Amazon rank the first and second). The harnessing and utilization of the Yangtze River began in the Spring-Autumn and Warring Period. Many water conservancy projects for irrigation, flood control and transportation were built through ages of efforts. The well-known Jingjiang Great Dike is a product of ages of construction beginning from Spring-Autumn and Warring Period. Its history can be divided into four periods: commenced in Spring-Autumn and Warring Period and Jin Dynasty, completed various sections in Song Dynasty, came into being as a whole in Ming Dynasty, and heightened and reinforced in modern times. The Jiangsu-Zhejiang Sea Dikes, located at the mouth of the Yangtze, is about 400 km long. Its construction began at the mouth of Qiantangjiang River in East Han Dynasty, and the later expansion in East Jin Dynasty built the dikes to present Baoshan area. The whole dikes are finally formed in Tang and Song Dynasty.

The Yellow River is the second largest river in China. It is said that it had administrators special for water management as early as in the dynasties of Xia, Shang and Zhou. At that time the management of the Yellow River had become an important matter of the state. In Jin and Yuan Dynasty, the river engineering works in the lower reaches were protected together by the army and people.

Acupuncture is one discipline within the comprehensive system of Chinese medicine and healthcare. The origins of Chinese medicine are ascribed to Huang Ti, the Yellow Emperor. Huang Ti, the third of five legendary Chinese emperors, is reported to have ruled between 2696 and 2598 B.C. The Huang Ti Nei Ching or Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine is the oldest known medical text and established the foundation for the theory and practice of all Chinese medicine. Over the centuries, the Nei Ching has undergone numerous revisions and clarifications. One of the most significant occurred during the Western Jin Dynasty (265-318 A.D.), with the publication of the first comprehensive text devoted exclusively to acupuncture and moxibustion1 for the treatment of disease and maintenance of health.

Type 094 Jin-class Design

The Type 094 is based on the same basic design as the Type 093 nuclear-powered attack submarine, utilising the same power plant. Each of the Type 094 SSBNs will mount 12 [not 16] JL-2 ballistic missiles (DF-31s) with a range of 8000 kms. When deployed, this missile will allow Chinese SSBNs to target portions of the United States for the first time from operating areas located near the Chinese coast. Equipped with the JL-2 missiles, the Type 094 SSBNs would only have to patrol just to the northeast of the Kuril Islands to hold about three-fourths of the United States at risk. The TYPE 094 SSBN, equipped with the 8,000+ km range, penetration aid-equipped JL-2 SLBM, will provide China with a modern and robust sea-based nuclear deterrent force.

On 15 October 2007 a photograph appeared on several Chinese Web sites, apparently taken from the water at a reasonably close range, that showed two of China's Jin-class ballistic-missile submarines alongside a pier at an unknown location in China. The picture, released the same day that China's Party Congress, held once every five years to choose the country's top leaders and set policy, opened in Beijing. The photograph confirms the assessment made by the US intelligence community, clearly showing the open hatches of 12 launch tubes, ending speculation that the Jin-class would carry 16 missiles.



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