The National Interest
Date: August 15, 2020
By: Kris Osborn
Chinese-government supporting military experts are claiming that Taiwan’s acquisition of new U.S. built cruise missiles, mines, and torpedoes will in no way deter the prospect of a successful Chinese amphibious attack on the island, raising new questions about U.S.-China technical parity regarding weapons systems.
An article in the Chinese government-backed Global Times writes that China’s advanced countermine technology and vertical flight take-off ability would easily counter Taiwan-placed sea mines.
The Global Times quotes a Chinese military expert as saying, “Lockdown via sea mines is an outdated tactic from World War II, and the PLA has long gained the capability to sweep sea mines and open green passages.”
The paper also cited experts claiming that China has a “wide selection of tools” to intercept attacking cruise missiles. [FULL STORY]