by Jackie Northam
An underground nuclear submarine base on China’s Hainan Island is drawing scrutiny from the United States and India.
According to satellite imagery on the Web sites of Jane’s Intelligence Review and the Federation of American Scientists, the base has a sea entrance wide enough to allow submarines to enter the underground facilities. The photograph reveals what appears to be a ballistic missile submarine moored to one of the piers outside.
Rumors of a nuclear submarine base had been swirling for a few years. Kurt Campbell, with the Center for a New American Security, says the satellite photographs confirm those suspicions and stoke anxiety in the region about China’s strategic capabilities — and its intentions.
An interesting development that I heard about on the radio this morning. This may well give us all reason to consider the old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times.”