The USS Connecticut was damaged last month when it hit an underwater mountain in the South China Sea, according to the US Navy. A researcher has warned that the risk of collision in the region is rising. Photo: AP
The USS Connecticut was damaged last month when it hit an underwater mountain in the South China Sea, according to the US Navy. A researcher has warned that the risk of collision in the region is rising. Photo: AP

As PLA and US bolster naval forces, fear of South China Sea nuclear submarine collision is building

  • Both China and America are developing nuclear submarines and sending them to the disputed waterway, and Aukus deal could add to risk, says analyst
  • New Pentagon report finds Chinese navy had 355 ships and submarines by 2020 and could have up to eight nuclear-powered ballistic missile subs by 2030

Topic |   US-China relations
The USS Connecticut was damaged last month when it hit an underwater mountain in the South China Sea, according to the US Navy. A researcher has warned that the risk of collision in the region is rising. Photo: AP
The USS Connecticut was damaged last month when it hit an underwater mountain in the South China Sea, according to the US Navy. A researcher has warned that the risk of collision in the region is rising. Photo: AP
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