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Go Diesel, Scare China: Why the Navy Should Deploy Diesel Submarines to Asia

September 1, 2018 Topic: Security Region: Asia Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: ChinaUS NavyPLANDiesel SubmarinesNuclear Submarines

Go Diesel, Scare China: Why the Navy Should Deploy Diesel Submarines to Asia

They're cheap. You can build a lot of them. And Beijing won't have an easy time responding. And our allies will be pleased. What could be wrong with that?

Political impact results. Washington may make believers of antagonists and friends alike if it does these things while conveying purpose in Asia. It can banish China’s leadership to the shadowland of doubt and indecision—and bolster the likelihood that Beijing will decide today is not the day to test allied solidarity or capability.

Dive!

James Holmes is J. C. Wylie Chair of Maritime Strategy at the Naval War College and coauthor of Red Star over the Pacific . The views voiced here are his alone.

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