Inside the Ring: China Militarizing Deep Sea

This undated picture shows a nuclear-powered submarine of the People's Liberation Army Navy's North Sea Fleet preparing to dive into the sea

This undated picture shows a nuclear-powered submarine of the People's Liberation Army Navy's North Sea Fleet preparing to dive into the sea / Getty Images

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Space and cyberspace are not the sole domains for China’s growing asymmetric warfare programs. The Chinese military has another development program only recently disclosed that is part of the decades long buildup of weapons and forces: deep sea.

According to a state-controlled media report, the People’s Liberation Army wants weapons capable of operating in deep waters, generally considered 3,300 feet below the surface down to more than 13,000 feet.

Military researchers associated with the Collaborative Innovation Center of South China Sea Studies at Nanjing University disclosed the plans in December.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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