According to US officials, the thing that hit the USS Connecticut is not yet known. However, expressing concern over the incident, China demanded that Washington give details of the incident.
America turned against Beijing on the issue of threat to Taiwan. (Photo Credit: News Nation)
- America and China come face to face again in the Indo-Pacific
- China said American insistence on conducting naval operation was the reason for the incident
- China claims most of the South China Sea
Indo Pacific A US nuclear submarine in the area was damaged after colliding with an unknown object in deep water. South China Sea Due to this accident in the midst of tension with China America And there is a possibility of renewed tension between Beijing. However, there was no major loss of life or property in this accident. It is being told that 15 American Marines have been injured in this collision. According to US officials, the thing that hit the USS Connecticut is not yet known. Although expressing concern over the incident China demanded that Washington give details of the incident and where the accident took place. Beijing alleged that the US insistence on conducting air and naval operations in the name of freedom of navigation was the reason behind the incident.
Then the tension in the area increased
This incident has once again created tension in the region as China continues to infiltrate Taiwan’s airspace. Seeing this, America has expressed confidence of supporting Taiwan. A US Navy spokesman said that the submarine is now moving towards US territory in Guam. It is a matter of relief for America that its nuclear plant has not been damaged. A US Navy spokesman said in a statement, the Nuclear Propulsion Plant of the USS Connecticut has not suffered any damage and is fully functioning. The damage caused to the submarine by this incident is being reviewed. This incident has happened at a time when tensions have increased between the US and China over the infiltration of the Chinese military into the Air Defense Identification Zone of Taiwan.
China blames America
In response to a question related to this incident, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijan told the media here, ‘China is seriously concerned about this incident. The United States must provide details of the incident, including the location of the accident, the purpose of navigation, and whether there has been a nuclear leak and there is no danger to the local marine environment. America’s insistence on conducting air and naval operations in the name of freedom of navigation is the reason for this incident. The US is delaying in disclosing the details of the accident. He is behaving transparently and responsibly.
Pressure from many countries on China regarding South China Sea
It is noteworthy that China claims most of the South China Sea. At the same time, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also claim it. In the past few years, China has established several military bases in this maritime region and has deployed a large fleet of its naval ships and submarines. Referring to the incident, China also said that America’s decision to sell nuclear submarines to Australia would add to the nuclear threat in the region. China also told the US that it should end its defense ties with Taiwan on reports that Taiwanese soldiers were being trained by American soldiers. China claims Taiwan as its part, while Taiwan calls itself a sovereign country.
First Published : 09 Oct 2021, 09:12:01 AM