Sunday, November 12, 2006

Chinese submarine stalked USS Kitty Hawk

"The surprise encounter highlights China's continuing efforts to prepare for a future conflict with the U.S."

China sub secretly stalked U.S. fleet

Chinese submarine stalked a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group in the Pacific last month and surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected, The Washington Times has learned.

The surprise encounter highlights China's continuing efforts to prepare for a future conflict with the U.S., despite Pentagon efforts to try to boost relations with Beijing's communist-ruled military.

The submarine encounter with the USS Kitty Hawk and its accompanying warships also is an embarrassment to the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, Adm. William J. Fallon, who is engaged in an ambitious military exchange program with China aimed at improving relations between the two nations' militaries.

Disclosure of the incident comes as Adm. Gary Roughead, commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet, is making his first visit to China. The four-star admiral was scheduled to meet senior Chinese military leaders during the weeklong visit, which began over the weekend.

According to the defense officials, the Chinese Song-class diesel-powered attack submarine shadowed the Kitty Hawk undetected and surfaced within five miles of the carrier Oct. 26.

I think "Favorite Nation" status in trading should come with a price! This blatant slap in the face should serve as a wake-up call both militarily and financially as it pertains to trade.

We have got to keep our radar on all potential targets and our eyes glued to the screen!


Unknown said...

China is the real threat to world instability. They are stirring the pot everywhere, with the idea that a global conflict will thrust them into the only super power.

They feel isolated engough that a global conflict will not affect them, and they will emerge as the "Go to Guy" for goods and services.

Nice job on this Steve.

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