China has issued stiff condemnation over the revelation of a U.S. nuclear submarine was in the South China Sea after the vessel collided with an unknown object. 

The USS Connecticut made contact with an object whereas submerged Tuesday, inflicting a number of non-life-threatening accidents to the crew onboard. The submarine was working in the South China Sea and reached Guam Friday. 

Officials revealed no particulars in regards to the collision or extent of harm to the USS Connecticut, however China’s Foreign Ministry expressed “serious concern” over the incident. 

In this Dec. 15, 2016, picture, supplied by the U.S. Navy, the Seawolf-class fast-attack submarine USS Connecticut (SSN 22) departs Puget Sound Naval Shipyard for sea trials following a upkeep availability. A Navy official says a submarine that collided with an unknown underwater object in the South China Sea has arrived in port at Guam. The Navy says the USS Connecticut was conducting routine operations when it struck the object on Oct. 2, 2021. (Thiep Van Nguyen II/U.S. Navy through AP)

“As the party involved, the U.S. should clarify in detail the situation of the accident, including the location, the intention of the sailing, details of the accident, such as what exactly it collided with, whether it caused a nuclear leak, and whether it damaged the local marine environment,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian instructed reporters Friday.

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Zhao mentioned the accident uncovered the “serious threat and significant risk to regional peace and stability” posed by U.S. naval operations, which China perceived as a problem to its sovereign declare over the area.  

“The U.S. side should abandon its old cold war and zero-sum thinking and narrow geopolitical concepts and stop this wrong approach that undermines the peaceful and stable development of the region,” Zhao mentioned. 

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Navy officers couldn’t verify what kind of object the vessel got here in contact with, although, one official, who spoke to the Navy Times and requested anonymity, mentioned the realm’s topography didn’t point out a landmass in the boat’s path. 

The official additionally mentioned that there isn’t any proof the incident was as a result of any hostile interplay or a collision with one other submarine. But the official additionally cautioned that the incident remains to be below investigation, saying all info was preliminary for the time being.

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Two crew members suffered average accidents however didn’t require evacuation, whereas the official couldn’t give a complete variety of sailors harm however did describe their accidents as “bumps, bruises, and lacerations.”

The U.S. Naval Institute News, which first reported the collision, said that 11 sailors had been injured in the incident.

“The submarine remains in a safe and stable condition,” the Navy mentioned in an announcement. “USS Connecticut’s nuclear propulsion plant and spaces were not affected and remain fully operational.”

The incident is being investigated by U.S. Pacific Fleet and the Naval Safety Center.

Fox News’ Michael Lee and The Associated Press contributed to this report.