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July 28, 2004

Assassin's Mace

The US Department of Defense attempts to anticipate China's Assassin's Mace asymmetric warfare program "though it is not sure what that means, exactly." Even the sinister sounding Assassin's Mace is outdone, if only in rhetorical terms, by the potential for shashoujian, "Killing Maze" weapons (via Post-Atomic).

The phrase �Assassin�s Mace� is not a new one - having its origins in traditional Chinese military theory and statecraft. However, it has appeared regularly in Chinese literature on military affairs since 1999, when the then-president, and current Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC), Jiang Zemin, reportedly demanded that the military bring him an Assassin�s Mace to wield in the Taiwan Straits.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 28, 2004 07:17 AM

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