This is why I don’t worry too much about China (amongst many other reasons). They have no blue water navy, and the only people willing to sell one to them at this time are the Russians, who are making death traps for nuclear submarines these days:
[quote]MOSCOW (AP) ? An accident aboard a nuclear-powered Russian navy submarine doing a test run in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday killed more than 20 people, the navy said.
The nuclear reactor aboard the submarine was operating normally and radiation levels were normal, navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo said on Sunday.
The accident occurred when a fire-extinguishing system went into operation in error aboard the submarine, Dygalo said. He said there were 208 people aboard, including 81 servicemen. The dead included sailors and shipbuilders.
The submarine was heading back to shore on its own power, and 21 people injured in the accident were evacuated to a ship that was escorting the sub.[/quote]
First there was the Kursk, now this. Any Chinese sailors on PWI who are waiting to get on the next Russian-built Akula class?
Sure, the Chinese can build their own nuke subs, but it takes time. A lot of time and a lot more money. For now, they’ll just have to stick to their 5 knot diesel boats unless they want to end up in Davey Jones’ locker.