China is “mapping Australia’s underwater assets”?

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A fierce “deep sea war” is being staged?

At the “moment of China-U.S. wrestling”, some mainstream media in Australia published articles to hype a fierce game in the depths of the ocean.

The article first betrayed the truth, saying that Australian Defense personnel are “struggling to cope with a sensitive issue”. They alarmingly said that China was “drawing a map of Australia’s underwater assets”, such as communication optical cables and natural gas, and said that they “did not know what China was going to do”.

What a familiar routine to play up China’s “submarine threat”.

From the full text, they only cited the importance of Australia’s development of nuclear submarines and the “legitimacy” of Australia’s plan to launch sonar buoys in relevant waters.


A fierce “deep sea war” is being staged in full swing. This is the scene described and rendered in a recent article of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

At the time of “Sino US wrestling”, this article tries to draw attention to another fierce game – “the battle in the depths of the ocean” that takes place in a “completely invisible place”. The article also deliberately betrays the truth by saying that over the past few decades, Australians have witnessed politicians bungling one submarine project after another, but “rarely discussed what happened in the depths of the ocean”.

This is “a sensitive issue that Australian Defense planners are currently struggling to cope with”.

What exactly makes the Australian defense force so “anxious”?

The article claims that it is because China is “drawing a map of Australia’s underwater assets”, such as communication optical cables and natural gas, but Australian Defense personnel can not figure out “what China wants to do”.

Some military scholars say that countries with the ability will draw underwater maps of the high seas, mainly involving underwater topography, including submarine cables and natural gas pipelines. Just like CT scanning, the specific situation depends on the accuracy of the measuring ship.

As for the intention of drawing underwater maps, it is not a secret. It is generally for the safety of submarines and other underwater vehicles operating on the seabed, including avoiding underwater related facilities. The United States has been doing this and should share it with Australia. Of course, the United States may indeed have many questionable underwater actions.

Australia describes a very common thing in the eyes of industry personnel as a mysterious move of China, which is also a way to create “China’s military threat”. Even if China is drawing underwater maps, they are all conducted in the high seas, which is reasonable and legal. They will not go to Australia’s territorial waters, nor will they pose any threat to Australia.

After simply and rigidly labeling China as a “submarine threat”, ABC’s article immediately turned to “demonstrating” the importance of submarines, especially the importance of submarines owned by countries such as Australia. “The Australian Defense Force’s plan to throw anti submarine sonar buoys” has also become a matter of course.

This also makes the intention of using the “China threat” as a cover more obvious.

The article specially interviewed two former Australian defense officials and asked them to analyze “what happened under the water”.

One is Hugh white, a professor at the Australian National University who was once the Deputy Minister of strategy and intelligence of the Australian Ministry of defense. Referring to the “enlightening significance” of the cold war period, the professor said that the submarine activities between the two superpowers are “much more” than the outside world knows.

White analyzed the “conventional” and “nuclear” competition situations. The conclusion, in a nutshell, is not to underestimate China’s submarine power.

Another interviewee, Alan BEM, was once the head of the international policy and Strategy Department of the Australian Ministry of defense.

Judging that “the United States is still the leader of the global underwater war”, he pointed out that China is developing towards the same level. Although he believes that China still lags behind the United States in overall capability, in terms of scale, “by 2030, China will have a larger submarine fleet than the United States”.

In addition to Hugh White’s analysis of China’s submarine power, Allen BEM also mentioned Australia on many occasions. He said that for countries like Australia that lack long-range offensive air strikes or theater missile systems, submarines are “the spearhead of attack”. “For Australia, submarines have flexibility, agility and endurance.”

Even, “they can be deployed quite far away from the Australian mainland…”

After analyzing the “threat” of Chinese submarines and demonstrating the importance of submarines to Australia, this article of ABC also attempts to “correct the name” of the plan of the Australian national defense force to launch sonar buoys in the relevant sea areas to identify Chinese submarines, saying that Australia has been launching sonar buoys for decades, “and there is no sign that this behavior is aggravating the tension between China and Australia”.

But is this really the case?


At the beginning of this year, Australia has carefully directed a so-called “dangerous war” between Australia and China.

First, the Australian Ministry of defense jumped out, accusing a Chinese naval vessel of “irradiating an Australian anti submarine patrol aircraft flying in the airspace of northern Australia with a laser” two days ago on February 19, and criticizing the relevant operations of the Chinese side as “unsafe and unprofessional”, creating a “huge security threat” to the soldiers of the Australian national defense force.

Three days later, then Prime Minister Morrison stepped down and continued to ask China to explain the “laser irradiation” incident and called for a “comprehensive investigation”.

But don’t hit me too quickly.

On the same day that Morrison issued the so-called “protest statement”, the Chinese Ministry of foreign affairs and the Ministry of national defense successively said: “the relevant contents of the Australian statement are completely inconsistent with the facts”, while the normal navigation of Chinese ships in the high seas conforms to the relevant international law and international practice and is “completely legitimate”.

The Chinese Ministry of national defense has also distributed two photos: one is the Australian anti submarine patrol plane taken on the ship, and the other is the red sonar buoy floating on the sea around the ship.

It can be seen from the photos that “the Australian aircraft is very close to our ship”, and the nearest distance is only about 3.9 kilometers, which is very provocative in itself. What’s more, “putting sonar buoys around our ship” is even worse.

Sonar buoy is mainly used to detect underwater submarines and is the main anti submarine weapon of p8a anti submarine patrol aircraft.

Australia dropped sonar buoys around Chinese warships in an attempt to detect whether there were submarine activities near Chinese warships, and may force PLA submarines to float. This is a hostile act in military affairs, which is easy to cause misunderstanding and misjudgment.

In the Albanese government, Canberra once again staged the villain’s first complaint.

The routine is not much different from that in February, except that the code of “laser irradiation” is changed to “interception threat”.

It is also the Australian Ministry of defense “taking the lead”. It issued a statement on June 5, saying that a p-8a anti submarine patrol aircraft of the Australian Air Force was intercepted by a Chinese j-16 fighter plane on May 26 while performing “routine maritime reconnaissance” in the international airspace of the South China Sea.

Australia’s new Deputy Prime Minister and defense minister Mars fanned the flames and declared that the j-16 was “very close” to the Australian military aircraft at that time and released chaff jamming bombs. Some aluminum foil was sucked into the engine of the Australian military aircraft, which was “very dangerous”.

This is another deliberate reversal of black and white.

China’s Ministry of national defense has already responded. It is clear that the Australian military aircraft seriously threatened China’s sovereignty and security first, and the Chinese military took professional, safe, reasonable and legal response measures later.


Australia, on the road to concocting the so-called “Chinese military threat”, has been running straight ahead.

The latest one is that Mars said that China’s military exercises against Taiwan “violate the United Nations Law of the sea”, and further demanded that China “stop military operations in the Taiwan Strait”. What is more funny is that he said that Australia will continue to “carry out its own peaceful military operations” in the region.

“You can’t, but I can.”

This set of “absolute security” emphasized by western countries has been thoroughly implemented by Canberra.

Australia’s p-8a reconnaissance plane can identify and collect the “characteristics” of Chinese ships, but you can’t react to such behavior, or it is “dangerous engagement”.

After being irradiated by laser, the Australian reconnaissance plane can drop sonar buoys near Chinese warships. Although both China and Australia agree with the rules on accidental encounters at sea, which suggest that objects should be avoided from being launched in the direction of the encountered ships, I can launch them, but you still have no right to counter them.

The Australian reconnaissance plane can conduct wanton “maritime surveillance” against you, and you can’t say anything.

The Australian Air Force Commander Chipman, who took office in July this year, has further declared that although “a series of unsafe incidents have occurred” in the airspace of the South China Sea, the Australian Air Force will continue to carry out surveillance missions in the South China Sea.

Some Australian scholars pointed out that this series of measures shows that Australia is playing the role of “deputy sheriff” of the United States in order to “implement the rules based order of the law of the sea”.

The question is, if there is a miscalculation, will Washington lend a helping hand?

It is estimated that Canberra has never thought about this issue, because “Australia’s foreign policy approach to China reflects an overwhelming ignorance” and completely fails to realize that it is only “the spearhead of the United States against China”.

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