“Starting this week, indicating towards unverified reports on social media, it begins by hinting that a Chinese submarine has been destroyed through its Taiwan Strait transit using a Type-093 Shang-class submarine. These reports quickly go viral upon being posted on social media, fueling extensive speculation about the fate of the PLA Navy submarine.
44 deaths, zero casualty: How it fights alongside F-16 Falcons, as Ukraine readies acquisition, Russian jets crash during Lebanon War. Among these reports, some, originating since August 21st, advise that the submarine in question was a nuclear-powered Type-093 Shang-class submarine. Subsequent claims have emerged, suggesting that all crew members on the submarine have perished, adding to the historical context of the incident.
The Shang-class is a family of Chinese second-generation nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSN). The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) possesses six submarines of this type, which are manufactured using its submarine building experience. More advanced Chinese submarines like the Type 093A and Type 093B SSNs are upgrades of the Type 093.
However, within less than 24 hours, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) dismissed these reports as untrue. Taiwan’s MND stated on August 22nd that there is no evidence to support the claim that a Chinese submarine was destroyed in Taiwan’s waters.
Major General Shen Li-feng, the spokesperson for Taiwan’s MND, noted that through collective intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance methods, Taiwan’s defense apparatus remains vigilant over the waters and airspace surrounding the Taiwan Strait and that there was no credible information regarding damage to the Chinese nuclear submarine.
In the coming days, OSINT analysts and arms tracking accounts start to debunk unsupported claims.
After Taiwan’s MND released its statement, H.I. Sutton, a renowned open-source intelligence and naval analyst, tweeted, “I deleted a post that reported a #Chinese submarine found. No credible evidence has emerged so far to support the claim, and my posts were getting too much traction (even despite my caution). Sutton suggested using caution in handling the topic due to sensitivity, urging netizens to exercise caution in using information.”
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“In the midst of heightening strains between China, Taiwan, and the US, insight about a critical military development around Taiwan and the beginning of broad military moves close to Beijing has arisen a couple of days after the beginning of an extended pressure acceleration between these countries. The Eastern Performance center Order of Individuals’ Freedom Armed force had expressed in a short proclamation recently that they are leading joint maritime and ethereal activities around the island.
This development, which started on August 19, has been claimed to be in light of Taiwan’s VP William Lai’s visit to the US, pointed toward countering his retaliatory measures. Lai is ready to start to lead the pack in the following year’s January decisions. This move has serious areas of strength for provoked of China from Taipei and Washington, including high-profile discretionary judgments.
Lately, China has executed a few military drills in closeness to Taiwan, remembering one for August 2022 when U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a high-profile visit to Taipei. In this way, in April of 2023, during President Tsai Ing-wen’s gathering with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, China led one more arrangement of military activities.
The thrilling report may just disperse misleading data via virtual entertainment stages and has not uncovered the genuine degree of the circumstance. All things considered, it features a reviving of a certifiable Chinese sub-emergency memory that electrifies arranging and joins the whole country.”
A Nation in Mourning: China’s Devastating Submarine Tragedy
“As opposed to late mishap news, the report of the sinking of the Chinese submarine in 2003 was considerably more dependable and in the midst of the new flood of bits of gossip circling on the Web, the 2003 submarine mishap happened in the Yellow Ocean off China’s coast, as opposed to in the waters among Shandong and the Korean Promontory.
In the main month of 2003, Individuals’ Freedom Armed force Naval force (PLAN) experienced its biggest peacetime military misfortune in Chinese history as an over-burden submarine sank in the upper east of the nation, killing 70 officials and team individuals.
In a short report, the state-run New China News Office had expressed that ‘as of late,’ this occurrence had happened in the Yellow Ocean between the Shandong and Korean Landmass. The vessel engaged with the mishap, Naval force Submarine No. 361, a diesel-fueled submarine, was leading an activity when the misfortune struck, an explanation gave by the organization prompted.
It is referenced in the report that because of mechanical disappointment, the mishap brought about the deficiency of 70 team individuals who were ready the submarine. Around then, starting reports proposed that the submarine probably had a place with the Eastern Armada.
Previous Chinese President and Administrator of the Focal Military Commission at that point, Jiang Zemin, expressed that the officials and mariners of 361 had recalled their hallowed liabilities to the Party and individuals. In a devoted stance, they forfeited their carries on with, surrendering their lives for the nation and making huge harm the Naval force.
Following the mishap, the upset submarine stayed lowered for ten days due to a quiet, correspondence denied climate. The Chinese sea life scholars who found the vessel had revealed that on April 25, 2003, its periscope had surfaced on the water’s surface. Mercilessly, it sank while being towed to their station, biting the dust even before any issue in the critical point of view could be perceived. The occasion occurred eventually in April and was authoritatively revealed by Chinese experts on May 3.
In this manner, PLAN itself bid a sincere goodbye in the wake of going through its normal activities, telling the media of the grievous mishap. Military specialists had firmly followed the turns of events, assigning the vessel as a Ming-class submarine. Its age was around 20 years of age at the hour of the mishap, almost twenty years after its past occurrence.
After the mishap, military specialists noticed that the Ming-class submarine could oblige up to 57 individuals all at once, including ten officials, and assuming there were 70 individuals on board during the mishap, it would have been ‘stuffed.’
The episode at last prompted the expulsion of Administrator Shi Yunsheng of PLAN and Political Magistrate Yang Huaiqing from their positions.
Albeit the mishap carried harmony and calm to the area and came during a time of serenity, it added a little scar to the historical backdrop of PLAN and the Focal Military Commission. Significantly north of twenty years after the fact, the mishap remains dismally recalled inside PLAN, actually tormenting it as the most extreme misfortune in peacetime, denoting its direction from that point on.”