There’s only one way to interpret this, as the PLA or any modern military today is not this ignorant: 100% pure propaganda designed to lull the West to sleep thinking the Chinese are still backwards and living in the 1950’s. Sadly, America likely will fall for it.
“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.” – Sun Tzu
Huang Xuhua, China’s chief submarine designer, has told Shenzhen Satellite Television that China’s Type 091 Han-Class nuclear-powered submarine was designed and developed based on two toys from the United States.
After Huang took over the position as chief designer of the Type 091 submarine from Peng Shilu in 1983, he argued that the linear-shape design is no longer suitable for nuclear-powered submarines which operate at high speeds and at depths of up to 300 meters. Since each tangent plane of the hull is round in a streamlined water-drop shape, Huang believes the boat will be subject to minimum friction or drag while maintaining stability at great depths.
Full article: PLA’s Type 091 nuclear submarine ‘based on US toys’ (Want China Times)