You have to be careful about comparing the missiles along just one dimensional parameter. The M51 (12m long with 2.3m diameter) is volumetrically the largest missile (around 50 cubic metres), followed by the Trident II (13.41m long with 2.11m diameter) at 47 cubic metres, followed by the JL-2 (13m long with 2m diameter) at 41 cubic metres. Being "skinny" is a very undesirable trait in a missile given that volume scales quadratically with diameter.JL-2 is already almost same size as Trident II and diameter wise larger than original Trident I. Is there any reason why 10.000km range JL-3 wouldn't fit on 094A? I mean French M51 is shorter than JL-2 by one meter but is more capable.
Nothing useful can be gained from any such reports, and you won't find any worthwhile analysis of it given the secrecy of everything involved. If the group was actively pinging then any submarine close to it would have been found, even if it were emitting zero decibels. Also, I wonder if submarines use an enhanced noise emission during peacetime (like stealth fighters use Luneberg lenses to enhance radar emissions) to mask their true acoustic signature.There were reports of China's nuclear Submarines type 093 being detected by UK Carrier group transiting SCS.
Aside from the Global Times report, what is the analysis?