Monday, May 19, 2008

Keeping an Eye on the Long Game: Part XXVII

Let's see; we closed and/or converted Charleston, Staten Island, Long Beach, Alameda, and a few others over the last 20 years.

China, however is not. Get ye to GoogleEarth and check it out. This is a varsity football type Navy base - in a tropical paradise as well. Liberty Skippy would love.
China is building a major underground nuclear submarine base on the southern tip of Hainan Island, defence group Jane's said Friday.

Jane's Intelligence Review, a respected defence periodical, said satellite images of the base from imagery provider DigitalGlobe were the first confirmation of its existence.

Although Beijing is displaying no overt aggression, the base could mean an increase in its strategic capability in the South China Sea and considerably further afield, Jane's analysis said.

"Jane's can confirm that the satellite pictures show that China is constructing a major underground nuclear submarine base near Sanya, on Hainan Island off its southern coast," the group said.

', which reported the satellite images, called the base a "vast, James Bond-style edifice capable of concealing up to 20 nuclear-powered submarines, which will enable China to project its power across the region."


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