China's official People's Daily newspaper reported in December that Chinese scientists had lowered acoustic sensors into the Mariana Trench, at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. The listening devices, placed near the U.S. territory of Guam — home to a major U.S. military base in the western Pacific — could be used to study oceans or track submarines. Analysts see the move as a clue to China's strategy toward the Pacific, its neighbors and the U.S. The sensors could help China monitor foreign ships and protect its coastline from attack, while allowing its own warships to roam more freely. The bottom of the Mariana Trench is nearly 7 miles below the ocean's surface, at the Pacific's deepest point. It's not easy to make a sensor that can withstand the...
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China Is Placing Underwater Sensors In The Pacific Near Guam