BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – The Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army tested a ballistic anti-ship missile in the South China Sea recently.

According to the National Interest website, these tests came in the wake of the news issued last May that the Chinese People’s Liberation Army had installed cruise missiles and surface-to-air missiles near the coral reef areas, west of the Philippines.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Dave Eastbourne said that China’s missile test this week contradicts “China’s claim that it wants peace in the region and it is clear that such actions are coercive actions aimed at intimidating other parties in the South China Sea.”

The tests of these missiles are the latest step in China’s efforts to support its policy of “indisputable sovereignty” over sea , air and land features within the “nine-line” that it drew on the map of Southeast Asia.

The dotted “nine-line” line includes about 80-90 percent of the South China Sea, including the Spratly and Paracel Islands and disputed coral reefs, as well as vast areas of “exclusive economic zones” in Southeast Asia.

China outperforms any opponent within the aforementioned line, including the U.S. Navy, which is likely to appear in territorial waters, as these missiles give Beijing the ability to strike enemy ships in the western Pacific.

The “DF-21D” missile is a Chinese ballistic missile that can be transported easily on land, allowing it to be deployed during the rapidly changing military situation, with a range exceeding 1500 km, carrying one warhead and can be equipped with a nuclear warhead.

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The Chinese “Dongfeng 26” missile is the first traditionally armed ballistic missile that can hit Guam Island, with a range of 3000-4000 km. It has the ability to identify and hit most of the American military bases in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The missile can be armed with a conventional or nuclear warhead.

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Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-15 20:05

Territorial waters are 12 nautical miles for anyone EEZ is 200NM. In case there are 2 countries, you cut at half way, there is no waiver, no matter if you’re China, Turkey or USA, it’s the international law of the sea. Spratly+Paracel Islands belong to Vietnam+Philippines, this is illegal occupation, just like Tibet and Kashmir. China has territorial disputes with 23 countries, incl all its land-neighbours, it even claims ownership of all Siberia and so is it for Mongolia. When there is such pattern, it doesn’t needs a genius to get who is wrong.

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-07-15 23:46

Ballistic missiles against ships? Well, maybe when immobile at the port! Same as hypersonic gliders : not fit to hit moving targets! Reentry in atmosphere + hypersonc speed = plasma, plasma blocks communications. You rely on inertia as sole targetting means. Even if you have electro-optics working through a X-15 cockpit super-thick glass, which sounds dubious, at such speed, even the smallest trajectory correction will move the impact point by hundreds of metres, and even aircraft carriers can do really violent manoeuvres doing Zs with drifting. Plasma may bring radar stealth but heat is insane, so infrared sees you from… Read more »