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Navy denies Chinese submarine spotted in waters off Taiwan

Navy denies Chinese submarine spotted in waters off Taiwan

Taipei, Jan. 31 (CNA) The navy denied a news report Sunday that a Chinese submarine was spotted in Taiwan's territorial waters recently.
The United Evening News reported earlier in the day that, Taiwan's anti-submarine helicopters detected an unidentified object under the surface of the water 24 miles southeast of Zuoying naval base on Jan. 27.
The surface vessels, out on a training drill, went immediately on alert after determining the underwater object was a submarine that failed to respond to signals beamed at it. The submarine left the area soon after it was spotted, the report said.
Hsia Te-yu, political warfare chief of the Navy Command, said, however, that the navy concluded that the target was in fact not a submarine.
"Otherwise deep sea bombs would have been dumped and other actions taken to either force it to the surface or confine it to a fixed area, " he added.
Hsia said many factors could have influenced naval personnel's ability to identify the underwater object, including its depth, the contour of the sea bed, sunken ships lying at the bottom of the ocean, and movements of schools of fish.
(By Chiachen Hsieh & Bear Lee)




Updated : 2021-04-21 17:07 GMT+08:00