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Politifact Virginia: Local Congressman Forbes claims China building new submarines

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Local Congressman Randy Forbes says China is "going to have twice the number of submarines that we have in just over a decade."

It's a serious statement because of the country's recent military build-up, but PolitiFact says Forbes' warning is only half true.

China's defense spending is only estimated since plans are largely kept secret. And even if the country does build more ships, experts say, that doesn't mean they're better.

"All of our submarines are nuclear submarines. So they can go under and stay under for much longer periods of time and operate much farther from U.S. shores. China's force, both now and in 10-15 years from now will be mostly be made up of diesel submarines," said Richmond Times-Dispatch Reporter  Sean Gorman.

That means, those subs have to stay closer to shore, and can stay submerged for shorter periods of time. 

Head to politifactvirginia.com if you'd like to see, more details about the U.S. Navy submarine strategy in the decade ahead.

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