China nuclear subs were a message to US: scholar
CNATAIPEI -- A display of China's first nuclear submarine fleet in state-run media was a show of force targeted mainly at the United States, experts in Taiwan said Monday.
October 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
China's message to the U.S. is that it has second-strike capability, said Lin Chong-pin, a former deputy minister of national defense.
Second-strike capability refers to a country's assured ability to respond to a nuclear attack with a nuclear retaliation powerful enough to deter a first strike.
Lin said China will not overplay its hand, in order to avoid strengthening the U.S. anti-China lobby.
Alexander Huang, a former deputy chief of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, said the show of force was meant to be a warning to countries around the Pacific, especially the U.S.
The message is that the Chinese military capability has attained a certain level, Huang said, adding that the submarine fleet could pose achallenge to U.S. forces in the Western Pacific.