There are hints that China might pursue foreign basing for its submarine force.

Is This the Future of Chinese Submarine Power?

Between major decisions on a new deployment to Afghanistan and a wholly new Persian Gulf crisis, not to mention the boiling crises in Syria and North Korea, Washington strategists can be forgiven for putting China’s naval buildup on the back burner. As Beijing fills the “near seas”—and now the “far seas”—with new frigates, destroyers and…

Voith rim-driven thrusters.

China Claims ‘Rim-Driven Thrusters’ will Make its New Nuclear Attack Subs the Best

Chinese state-controlled media is hyping the Chinese version of a western invention called a “rim-driven thruster” as the engine that will make the new nuclear powered attack submarines (SSNs) of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) the best on the planet. Chinese engineers are reported to be planning a rim-driven thruster specifically being developed as…

China's submarine factory will start production this year.

China to Start Producing Nuclear-Powered Attack Submarines This Year

China’s new submarine factory on the Yellow Sea will start producing nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) beginning this year. Bohai Shipbuilding Heavy Industrial Corporation (BSHIC), which is the only nuclear submarine maker in China, is reportedly just doing some finishing touches on the new plant. The site’s new assembly area measures over 430,000 square feet, providing…