Did a Chinese submarine crash in the Taiwan Strait?

Did a Chinese submarine crash in the Taiwan Strait?
  • PublishedAugust 24, 2023

Unverified rumors are swirling online about a Chinese Type 093 nuclear submarine purportedly crashing in the Taiwan Strait, following Beijing’s recent military exercises around Taiwan. The reports, yet to be substantiated, suggest the incident occurred within the past few days, with claims of the entire crew losing their lives.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) in Taiwan, however, has stated that their military intelligence and surveillance have detected no evidence of such an event. The MND spokesperson, Sun Li-fang, emphasized that neither Taiwanese nor Chinese authorities have released any official statement confirming the alleged crash.

The Type 093 submarine, known as the “Shang class,” is designed for the People’s Liberation Army Navy of China and is equipped with advanced sensor systems and armaments. Tensions have been escalating due to China’s military drills near Taiwan and its ambitions for control over the island.

Despite the unverified reports, the current situation remains reliant on information from unofficial sources, and neither Beijing nor Taipei have provided official confirmation or details regarding the alleged incident.

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