What’s happening under the South China Sea?

MMore Chinese submarines are filling the waters of the South China Sea, according to an August 19 report report of the Voice of America. According to the report, China “has invested in advanced armaments and equipment and overhauled its military command structure to modernize its armed forces…”. And one way to do that is to invest in its submarine program.

Since the 1990s, China has been working to strengthen its submarine fleet, but the push intensified in the 2000s. “Since 2006, eight nuclear submarines have reached [initial operation capability]for an average of one every 15 months”, Office of Naval Intelligence reported in April 2020. “This trend is likely to continue as China improves its nuclear submarine technology in the years to come.”

In 2020, China had 66 submarines in its fleet and was on track to reach 76 by 2030. Of the 66 in service, the Congressional Research Service says there are “six nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, six nuclear-powered attack submarines and 46 diesel-powered attack submarines”. The fleet also includes an unknown number of next-generation Type 039 submarines, known for their stealth and advanced missile-launching capabilities. Former U.S. Navy Deputy Undersecretary Seth Cropsey told Voice of America that this model is “well-suited for carrying out a blockade, or protecting surface ships that are being used for an amphibious assault, or launching missiles during an invasion”.

China’s navy is the largest in the world in terms of numbers. China has 742 known wars and naval support vessels; the United States has 460, including 4 aircraft carriers, 54 frigates, 73 corvettes, 38 destroyers and at least 66 operational submarines. Meanwhile, China is also building and militarizing a series of islands in the South China Sea, mostly around the Paracel and Spratly island chains.

These developments together show that America’s decades-long stabilizing influence over the South China Sea is under threat. As the Congressional Research Service warned, “The Chinese Navy is seen as posing a major challenge to the U.S. Navy’s ability to achieve and maintain wartime control of blue water ocean areas in the Western Pacific – the first such challenge the U.S. Navy has faced since the end of the Cold War.”

Many Chinese ships and technologies are still under development, and the sailors have virtually no battlefield experience, so little is known about how the navy would behave in the event of war. But one thing is certain: China is increasingly active in its coastal waters and beyond. And this activity intensifies tensions in the region.

In a July 2016 article titled “China Leads the World to War,” Trumpet editor Gerald Flurry wrote, “Since before the Korean War, China has had a strategy to establish a security buffer extending far from its shores and engulfing the entire South China Sea. Its current military build-up in the Paracels and Spratlys brings China closer to realizing this strategy.

Mr. Flurry went on to quote Marc Lanteigne, a senior fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, writing: “China wants waters that it owns, in which it can operate military and police vessels, without having to worry about the presence of American or Philippine or Vietnamese or Indian naval forces.

Mr. Flurry then wrote that, based on Bible prophecy, we should expect that this Chinese desire will eventually push the United States out of the way as Asia’s leading naval power and America will lose control. of the “gates” of the region:

God gave a sobering warning to the nation of Israel in Deuteronomy 28. If the people disobeyed him and turned to sin, he would give the strategic sea gates of the world to their enemies. These enemies would use these sea gates to besiege and enslave biblical Israel“And he will besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fenced walls, in which you trusted in all your land, crumble; and he will besiege you in all your gates in all your land, which the Lord your God has given you” (verse 52).

This warning is not just for an ancient nation. It is a prophecy for the descendants of today of Israel! Two nations in particular represent Israel in this end time: America and Britain. Don’t believe me, you have to prove this truth for yourself. …

Russia and China are militarizing the most important trade routes crossing the Asian continent. This prophecy is being fulfilled before our eyes! America’s enemies are securing shipping lanes and creating economic alliances that will very soon allow them to choke off America’s supply lines.

The expansion of China’s submarine fleet and the general increase of its naval power will further hasten the fulfillment of this prophecy. For more information on China’s involvement in end times prophecy and why it’s important to keep a close eye on its military developments, please read “China Leads the World Toward War.”

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