Did China Sabotage Balticconnector Pipeline Between Sweden And Finland

The Finnish National Bureau of Investigation is investigating the possibility of a Chinese sabotage of the Baltic Connector Pipeline between Sweden and Finland. 

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The role of a Chinese ship is being investigated in relation to the broken gas pipeline that connects Finland to the rest of Europe, the Finnish National Bureau of Investigation said late Friday.

“The movements of the vessel Newnew Polar Bear flying the flag of Hong Kong coincide with the time and place of the gas pipeline damage,” the investigators said in a statement. “For this reason, the investigation is now focused on the role of the said vessel.”

The operator of Finland’s gas grid, Gasgrid, reported that the 77-kilometer Balticconnector pipeline was leaking, and it was shut off last week. This pipeline is essential to ensuring Finland’s energy security.

Prime Minister Petteri Orpo noted that the leak was “not exactly the act of an ordinary person” and that Finnish officials had promptly raised the possibility that the pipes had been damaged.

According to the project team with the National University of Defense Technology, China has tested using 6G terahertz to hunt US submarines.

In light of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, European nations are growing increasingly concerned about the vulnerabilities of their energy infrastructure as winter approaches.

An international study has not been able to pinpoint the cause of the explosions that destroyed the Nord Stream gas pipes in September 2022, which connected Russia to Germany.

Detective Superintendent Risto Lohi, the principal investigator, stated on Friday that there was “no reason to believe the damage had been caused by an explosion” but that the damage to the Finnish pipeline had “been caused by an external mechanical force.”

In order to “establish the role” of the Chinese warship, Lohi continued, Finland would “cooperate with Chinese authorities.”

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