The Chinese military is reportedly planning to send nuclear armed submarines to patrol the Pacific Ocean for the first time over territorial disputes with the United States in the region.
The report, citing Chinese military officials, said that no time table has been determined but insists that such action is inevitable.
The Chinese are blaming the U.S. for plans leaked in March which include the installation of a new U.S. Thaad anti-ballistic missile system in South Korea. This news, paired with the American capability to hit China in less than an hour after missile launch, are seen as huge threats to the effectiveness of Chinese land-based deterrent forces.
Last week, two Chinese fighter jets flew within 50 feet of a U.S. reconnaissance plane in what the Pentagon termed an "unsafe intercept."