Chinese Navy is expected to procure 30 more submarines by 2020 and bring
the total from the current 62 to 100 by 2030, Hong Kong's Ming Pao daily
reported on Tuesday. According to the paper, the U.S. has 75 subs, 26
of them deployed in the Asia-Pacific region. China is building up its
Navy, including retrofitting its first aircraft carrier.
Bloomberg News quoted experts as predicting that Asia-Pacific nations
will have up to 86 more subs by 2020.
Chinese Navy submarine base
Beijing is not revealing the
cost of the subs, but Macau-based military affairs analyst Huang Dong
estimates it at US$200 million per sub or $6 billion for 30.
"The Pentagon and its allies will focus spending on devices able
to spot subs even in the noisiest shipping lanes as China's naval build-up
heightens tensions with neighboring nations and underscores the need to
secure commercial shipping flows," Bloomberg said.
Vietnam plans to buy six subs from Russia, and Indonesia is negotiating
with Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering to buy three subs
for W1.2 trillion (US$1=W1,146).