Recently, America praised China for its decision to stop shipping weapons parts to North Korea:
Especially happy to see one of the things they’ve banned shipping Ebola to North Korea.
Well, that’s the least they could do, after no doubtedly pissing the Chinese off for selling P-3C Orions to Taiwan:
Taiwan on Wednesday received the first of 12 anti-submarine aircraft from the United States, as it beefs up its naval defenses against China, the military said.
Television footage showed the P-3C Orion patrol aircraft landing at an air base in southern Pingtung county. Water was then splashed on the plane in a brief welcome ceremony.
As I had said earlier in these two posts…
… China shouldn’t get butt-hurt, and surprisingly, I haven’t heard much grumbling in this sale, as there has been in the past. In my previous two posts though, I never really talked about whether or not Taiwan should even bother with buying these weapons. First, P-3C Orions are meant for hunting submarines, as the wiki states. If you google [in Chinese] for “Taiwan Strait Submarines“, you’ll find a plethora of Mainland Chinese articles boasting of how if the invasion took place, they could easily blockade Taiwan with their submarines. So there is indeed a major threat of submarines, which would justify the purchase. As of 1987, they costed 37-million dollars, let’s not talk about inflation and what that means in today’s dollars, let’s just assume that the price has remained the same over the years. However, if 12 jetskiiers can detect a submarine, then it really makes the purchase of 12 Orions a moot point, because jet skis are usually around $10~15,000. But since Taiwan usually buys a bunch of outdated and/or used military products, they can probably save themselves a lot of money. Now, this only works for sub-hunting near the coast. The Taiwan Strait is 81~110 miles wide, and is about 230 feet deep. These waters are definately not exactly as shallow as Pearl Harbor, but this isn’t like we’re in the deep ocean. So in these conditions, if you want to reach areas that jet skis can’t get to, you can do one thing: Promote fishing activity. Some of you are thinking, “WTF?! 0-o” Let me explain. When you send a fishing boat out at sea, the fish don’t just jump onto the boats themselves, fishermen are out there looking for fish actively, with their eyes, SoNAR and nets. The more SoNAR that’s out there spotting subs, the more likely you are to catch one, but most deadly is the last tool. There have been several occasions when submarines were caught by fishing nets:
So this purchase was extremely unnecessary.
Now let’s fix our lens upon a different region of Asia, up North a bit to the Korean peninsula. President 노무현(盧武絃/Roh, Moo-Hyun)’s agreement with North Korean leaders became a national issue during these past elections, in which information from Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS) was leaked to a legislator, with claims that the former South Korean President wanted to “scrap” the North-South maritime boundary known as the Northern Limit Line (NLL). Actually, what was proposed, was a joint fishing area:
If you look at this post on Hani…
…It clearly shows the proposed joint fishing area, and nothing of a compromise of the boundary. If you notice, one of the areas included in this zone, is 백령도 (Baekryongdo/白翎島), affectionately known as “P.Y.-Do” to some. Not too far from this area, was the site of the ROKS Cheonan sinking, which according to the Joint Civilian-Military Investigation Group (JIG) Report, a Yono-class submarine sunk the ship with a missile. The cost of detection would have been brought up much higher, if the planners kew that there were a lot of fishermen (north and south) out there with their nets. If anyone would like to posit otherwise, please feel free to leave your comments.