China Has 100,000 Naval Mines to ‘Sink’ the U.S. Navy

China's use of undersea mines is a key component of its "Assassin’s Mace" strategy, aiming to deter and disrupt U.S. Navy operations in the Indo-Pacific.

By Brent M. Eastwood |

Summary and Key Points: China’s use of undersea mines is a key component of its “Assassin’s Mace” strategy, aiming to deter and disrupt U.S. Navy operations in the Indo-Pacific.

-With exercises demonstrating their mining capabilities, China could target areas near Taiwan and Japan, complicating U.S. and allied naval operations.

-The U.S. and Japan conduct joint mine-warfare drills to counter this threat.

-Some experts suggest the U.S. should consider offensive mining to impact Chinese shipping and economy.

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