Breach of twelve nautical miles around the islands in the South China Sea leads to a potential confrontation between China and the US.
The first breach conducted by the guided missile destroyer USS Lassen did not provoke any action of China. However, if it happens again, China will respond accordingly.
In case U.S. Navy repeats similar moves, China might respond in the following manner.
China might install sea mines within the twelve-mile zone around these artificial islands. The US should be concerned over this move because sea mines caused a lot of damage to the U.S. Navy in the past. China has a fleet of forty mine warfare ships and the number will surely be increased.
Another threat to the U.S. Navy is imposed by Chinese diesel-electric submarines (SSK). These submarines are extremely quiet, they can’t be detected so easily. China has a variety of these submarines, including Soviet-designed Kilo-class boats and their own Type 039 Yuan-class SSKs. These submarines are capable of causing serious undersea attacks.
The last of China’s threats include Chinese surface warships. These can be used against American Lassen because the American ship is not equipped to fight against other ships. In comparison to American vessels, Chinese vessels are equipped with an array of long-range anti-ship missiles.