China flexes might with show of submarine force BEIJING--Beijing has put its nuclear-powered submarine fleet on public display, with state media Tuesday touting the move as unprecedented and necessary to show other countries China's strike capabilities as territorial tensions mount. In an overt declaration of China's high-seas strength, several state-run papers ran front-page stories on the four-decade-old submarine fleet, while state broadcaster CCTV has devoted much airtime in recent days to its drills and exercises. China's first nuclear-powered submarine was launched in 1970, the Global Times said, but had not been properly taken into account by others. â€œChina is powerful in possessing a credible second-strike nuclear capability,â€ it said in an editorial Tuesday, adding: â€œSome countries haven't taken this into serious consideration when constituting their China policy, leading to a frivolous attitude toward China in public opinion.â€ â€œChina needs to make it clear that the only choice is not to challenge China's core interest,â€ said the paper, which often takes a nationalistic tone and is close to the ruling Communist Party. â€œDeveloping marine-based nuclear power is part of such work.â€ In a nod to accusations that Beijing is becoming increasingly assertive over its territorial claims in the East and South China Seas, the editorial continued: â€œPerhaps it will give excuse to 'China Threat' speculation but the benefit will far eclipse the trouble created by external opinions.â€ The media reports have focused on China's older Xia-class submarines, rather than its newer Jin-class vessels. But analysts said the footage could be intended as a reminder that the world's second-largest defense spender is growing in confidence and building an even more powerful fleet. â€œWhat they're showing you, they're pretty much just stock scenes,â€ said Richard Bitzinger, senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, adding that it might constitute â€œvery subtle saber-rattling.â€ â€œThey're kind of reinforcing the fact that China has a nuclear Navy,â€ he said. â€œAnd if you want to start inferring things, they're just sort of telling you, 'We have nuclear-powered vessels, and most people know that we're getting newer ones, and these are an integrated part of the fleet.'â€ China's display comes as relations with Japan become increasingly fraught, with a bitter dispute over the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku islands, claimed by Beijing as the Diaoyus. In recent months China has also butted heads with Southeast Asian neighbors, including the Philippines, over its claims to strategically important and potentially mineral-rich waters in the South China Sea. China's first nuclear-powered submarine was recently decommissioned after more than 40 years' service, the first of the vessels to be retired, the People's Liberation Army Daily reported Tuesday. China flexes might with show of submarine force - The China Post ************************************************************************************* It is essential for China to showcase China's high-seas strength, and their state-run papers to run front-page stories on the four-decade-old submarine fleet, with state broadcaster CCTV devoting much airtime in recent days to showcase its drills and exercises. It is the need of the hour for China. The Global Times correct has projected that China is powerful in possessing a credible second-strike nuclear capability to caution some countries who haven't taken this into serious consideration when constituting their China policy, leading to a frivolous attitude toward China in public opinion. Indeed such rhetoric is desired, more for domestic consumption than for caution for the external forces. Those countries which are inimical to China are already aware of China's military capabilities. But the continuous closing of the noose to box in China by countries led by the US, and Japan thumbing a snook in response to China's belligerent actions over the deserted islands, has indeed perplexed the Chinese people who had been psyched to believe that they are the rising to be the sole superpower of the world! Therefore, it is essential and very necessary for China to assuage domestic fears and bolster the hype that China is really the rising sole superpower of the world!