Military vehicles carry DF-16 ballistic missiles in Tiananmen Square last September. Photo: Imaginechina
South China Morning Post: PLA unveils new weapons for air and sea combat following Hague tribunal ruling
Rare disclosure of arsenal seen as warning to US not to provoke military confrontation
The Southern Theatre Command of the People’s Liberation Army unveiled a series of new weapons for sea and air combat during a visit by top military officers.
In a rare revelation, the weapons were shown on state television in the wake of a landmark international tribunal rejecting Beijing’s claims to almost all of the South China Sea.
Military experts said the disclosure was intended to show that the newly formed Southern Theatre Command, which covers the South China Sea, was well-prepared for any potential military confrontation with the US.
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WNU editor: The Chinese are doing this to not only intimidate the U.S. .... but also their neighbours. This policy is not going to work, but it will guarantee an arms race.