A Pentagon says the Chinese navy had four Type 094A nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in service. Photo: AFP
A Pentagon says the Chinese navy had four Type 094A nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in service. Photo: AFP

The underwater arms race: China, Aukus and a deepening submarine rivalry

  • In the Indo-Pacific many countries are interested in nuclear and non-nuclear submarines and are developing, replacing or expanding their fleets
  • The growing number of underwater vessels makes competition between them more dangerous, says academic

A Pentagon says the Chinese navy had four Type 094A nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in service. Photo: AFP
A Pentagon says the Chinese navy had four Type 094A nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines in service. Photo: AFP
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