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World IN BRIEF : CHINA : Yellow Sea Search for Sub Reported

December 02, 1991|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A Chinese submarine has disappeared in the Yellow Sea, and People's Liberation Army ships and helicopters have launched a search, according to information reaching Hong Kong. The conventional Romeo-class submarine, belonging to the North China Sea Fleet, left the Chinese port of Qingdao about two weeks ago on a Yellow Sea mission, sources said. In its reports, the Taiwan Central Daily News linked the submarine's disappearance with massive air and sea maneuvers that China held on Nov. 17 on and over the Yellow Sea. The Romeo was the first class of submarine to enter service in China in significant numbers.

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