PLA sub’s Sri Lanka visit suggests China projecting power into Indian Ocean

The Changzheng 2, a Type 091 Han-class nuclear-powered submarine has become the first Chinese submarine to visit Colombo Harbor in Sri Lanka according to the website of state-run Sri Lanka News on Sept. 15.

The Changzheng 2 is currently under the command of the PLA Navy’s North Sea Fleet. Equipped with C-801 anti-ship missiles, it is capable of attacking targets 80 kilometers away.

Duowei said that this is the first time that a Chinese submarine has visited a nation in the Indian Ocean openly. Xi Jinping is the first Chinese leader to visit Sri Lanka in 28 years even though he was only there for one day. Taken together with the joint naval exercises with Iran launched Wednesday, this seems to suggest China’s ambitions to project its military power into the Indian Ocean, according to Duowei.

Full article: PLA sub’s Sri Lanka visit suggests China projecting power into Indian Ocean (Want China Times)

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