Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported on April 4 that the east coast of Taiwan is a very important battlefield in China’s plan to attack Taiwan, and Chinese military scientists have spent more than 10 years studying the conditions of the world’s second largest ocean current, the Kuroshio, which flows through the area. However, military analysis points out that the recent rise in water temperature in the sea has brought changes to the Kuroshio, which in turn affects the operations of the Communist submarines.
According to the report, a social platform account called “South China Sea Wave” recently posted a military analysis that said the change in Kuroshio conditions could hinder China’s attack on Taiwan, but also create new opportunities for attack.
According to the report, the increase in volcanic activity off Okinawa has caused a change in seawater temperature off the east coast of Taiwan and has affected the flow of the Kuroshio, a situation that could be conducive to an attack by Communist submarines, but if they are attacked in turn and try to retreat back to mainland China, it would be more difficult to escape because they would then be traveling against the Kuroshio. In addition, eddies and counter currents could also affect the path of the underwater torpedoes, and if they were not properly adjusted, they could miss their targets.
When the Communist forces attack from mainland China, the eastern part of Taiwan is a more difficult location to attack, so there are important bases for Taiwanese troops there, which is also the key to the Communist attack plan. The Kuroshio originates from the waters of Luzon Island in the Philippines and flows northward through the eastern waters of Taiwan before heading northeastward along Japan, bringing the warm waters from the tropics to the cold Arctic waters.
Collin Koh, a researcher at the Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said the Communist Navy Submarine Academy has spent more than 10 years studying the impact of the Kuroshio on submarine operations, as submarines will not only be responsible for countering the United States and its allies in the Taiwan Strait war, but also for blocking Taiwan from receiving foreign aid, trade and commerce, and forcing Taiwan to submit to China. Taiwan to submit to China.