The Japanese Defense Ministry on Monday criticized the Chinese government for sending an advanced, stealthy, nuclear submarine into waters controlled and managed by Tokyo.
Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters that the vessel was detected in the East China Sea and was a Shang-class vessel. It is capable of deeper dives that older Chinese subs and is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles.
“Operating a submerged submarine close to another country’s territory goes against the norms of international rules,” said Onodera.
China often sends surface combatants into the same waters. However, Japanese officials view the presence of an advanced submarine much more seriously. Tokyo believes Beijing is attempting to exert control over access to the western Pacific as it seeks dominance in the South China Sea. [source]
Information in this article helps satisfy Priority Intelligence Requirement 2: What is the current situation report and risk of war in each of the four flashpoints? To subscribe to one of our threat intelligence newsletters: Click here.