Vladimir79 wrote:The Kilos don't work because they never trained their crews or ordered maintenance contracts for them.
Why base them on Hainan if they r so useless for combat/patrols?
More on Yuans: https://news.usni.org/2015/08/31/essay-inside-the-design-of-chinas-yuan-class-submarine
If they r so noisy, why would Pakistan buy them at all? They have better things to spend $ on!
How do you think the PLAAF will fair against the F-35?
They r grounded pending investigation into the latest crash.
China is not the only place that has rare earth minerals. It does not take long to open a new mine.
Yes, in Afghanistan that is unsafe & where China also invests.
If China attacks Japanese shipping you can bet the Japanese will reciprocate.
They won't attack 1st, only if the Chinese shipping is interfered with by US & Japan. China has extensive land links while Japan doesn't, making her more vulnerable.
https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/china-russia-kick-off-bilateral-naval-exercise-joint-sea/A “Fortress Fleet” for ChinaDefend the First Island Chain
Once Taiwan is taken, China will have direct access to the W. Pacific.
Even w/o it, she can defend herself well as is.
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