Nuclear submarine ‘ACCIDENT’ – Chinese troops reportedly involved!

There are unconfirmed rumors that a Chinese nuclear submarine suffered an “accident” in the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from mainline China.

The chatter comes after Beijing launched military drills around the island in a “stern warning” to Taipei and Washington, Newsweek reported.

Citing online reports, the news outlet said there are claims that one of China’s Type 093, or “Shang-class,” nuclear submarines “had crashed in unknown circumstances at some point in the past few days. Some of the reports claimed the entire crew onboard the vessel had been killed.”

More from Newsweek:

There has been no official confirmation of a Chinese submarine running into difficulty in the contentious strait, and experts have been hesitant to speculate. The topic was not mentioned in a press briefing from China’s Defense Ministry on Tuesday and has not appeared in any state news agencies’ reports.

Officials in Taipei did not confirm the reports. In remarks carried by Taiwanese news outlets on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Taipei’s Defense Ministry said during a regular press briefing that the island’s military and government had not detected any evidence of a submarine crash and could not substantiate the reports.


At the same time, naval expert and analyst H I Sutton warned social media users to treat the topic “with caution,” saying he has “not seen any convincing evidence to support rumors.”

The warning came after he deleted an earlier post about a missing Chinese submarine, because of all the attention it was receiving:

Another tweet from News 27 Brigade claims that a Chinese rescue ship was spotted and that the accident took place in the Yellow Sea, not the Taiwan Strait.

That tweet translates as such: “Taiwan Regional Security Bulletin According to the ship information information provided by friends, there is a rescue ship ‘Nanhai Rescue 112’ belonging to the South China Sea Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport of China in the northwest of Dongsha Island, and other tugboats are heading north near the rescue ship. According to new news, the accident took place in the Yellow Sea, not the Taiwan Strait, which may be the mission location of the People’s Liberation Army.”

People were certainly stirred by the reports/rumors, and Sutton was hit with blowback… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story as seen on “X,” formerly known as Twitter:


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