China uses underwater drones in South China Sea

Underwater drones are a demonstration of maritime strength and one of the many ways China is attempting to challenge the Western-dominated world order, she continued.

The U.S. Navy employs around 130 of those gadgets to collect oceanographic data. Last year, the Chinese navy seized one that was active in the South China Sea, sparking alarm.

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Can the drones serve Beijing’s goals in the South China Sea?

Aside from being a political symbol, underwater drones can also help the mainland enforce claims in the South China Sea.

China uses underwater drones in South China Sea