The deployment of DF-26 ballistic missiles in China's northwestern northwest plateau, originally announced Tuesday at China Central Television, follows a…
The deployment of DF-26 ballistic missiles in China’s northwestern northwest plateau, originally announced Tuesday at China Central Television, follows a mission from the US-led missile destroyer USS McCampbell, who was near the Paracel Islands the previous day.
Hardly to hit 3,400 miles (5,471 miles) away with nuclear or conventional warheads, the DF-26 was called “Guam killer” by analysts at that time as it would allow China to bring unprecedented firepower to the US island territory – home to Andersen’s Air Force Base and other important US military installations.
The 1.3 million square kilometers of the South China Sea has seen increasing tensions in recent years, with China aggressively claiming its efforts among conflicting claims from several Southeast Asian nations.
2 miles of the Paracel Islands to challenge exaggerated maritime claims and preserve access to waterways governed by internal national law”, US Pacific Fleet Spokesman Lt. J.G. Rachel McMarr said in a statement.
China accused the United States of infringement of its territorial waters.
“The American act violated Chinese laws and international laws, violated China’s sovereignty, damaged regional peace, security and order” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Monday. “China will take the necessary measures to protect the state’s sovereignty.”
With an anonymous expert, Global Times said that the DF-26 missile mobilization “is a good reminder that China can protect its territory”.
Beijing has built fortifications on the islands in question, landed long-distance bombs, and last year President Xi Jinping, claiming that the area has been Chinese territory since “antiquity” oversaw China’s largest ever sea paradise there.
The DF-26 missile system originally started active duty in the People’s Liberation Army forces in April. It was presented during a military parade in 2015 in Beijing 2015.
“First and foremost among China’s military assets that can reach Guam, the DF-26 represents the IRBM culmination of decades of progress to China’s conventional ballistic missile forces,” a 2016 US-China report. Economic and Security Review Commission said.
According to a report from the missile defense project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, China may have an opposite version of DF-26 in development – – and may have tested it even in 2017.
But military analyst Carl Schuster, a former operations manager at US The Pacific Command’s Joint Intelligence Center doubts whether the DF-26 acted as a weapon against weapons. Using an effective one would require practice procedures and tactics that China has not yet demonstrated, he said.
“Remember, the Soviet Union has never successfully developed an anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) and no country in the West has one,” Schuster said.
Reports of its deployment may be intended to show the domestic Chinese audience that Beijing has the will and ability to defend its claims on the South China Sea, he said.
Tuesday The Global Times report, referring to an expert mentioned above, said the DF-26 was deployed in China’s northwest because it was protected from opposing anti-missile forces in that area.
Despite Chinese warnings, the United States is unlikely to stop challenging Beijing claims in the South China Sea.
Washington says China’s construction and fortification of artificial islands puts trillions of dollars of trade, travel and communication under the thumb of Beijing.
“Trump administration won’t be back in the face of Chinese press” Malcolm Davis, a senior analyst in defense strategy and capabilities at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, told CNN in December.
All American recalls would “greatly undermine (US) credibility and encourage the Chinese to be more self-adhesive and bold,” he added.
McCampbell’s “Freedom of Navigation” operation on Monday was the first year of the US Navy in 2019. Analysts said the United States performed about every 8 weeks last year.
An operation almost resulted in a collision between an American destroyer, USS Decatur and the Chinese who challenged it, Lanzhou, in September.
The two ships came within 45 meters (41 meters) of each other near the disputed Spratly Islands, with the US Navy saying at that time that the Chinese warship “carried a series of more aggressive maneuvers along with warnings for Decatur to resign. “
After the incident, some pro-Beijing commentators called for China’s fleets to go even further.
“If an American warship returns illegally in Chinese territorial waters again, two Chinese warships will be sent, one to stop it and the other to bump into and sink it,” said Dai Xu, president of the China Institute for Maritime Safety and Cooperation. was quoted as said in an article on the Chinese military’s English-language website.
At the same time, President Xi began in 2019 by ordering the country’s military to improve Diness’s struggle.
Speaking at a meeting of the Central Military Commission in Beijing on January 4, Xi said the PLA would “upgrade powers for joint operations, promote new combat forces, and improve military training under combat conditions,” according to a state media report.