Military vehicles carrying DF-21D ballistic missiles roll to Tiananmen Square during a military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, in Beijing, China, September 3, 2015. (REUTERS/Damir Sagolj)
National Interest: China's Military Gears up for Missile Warfare with U.S.
China’s military is developing offensive and now defensive missiles in preparation for a future missile-dominated conflict with the United States.
Beijing’s arsenal of ballistic and cruise missiles has been growing steadily for decades as new systems were fielded in an array of ranges – short, medium and intercontinental. Several long-range cruise missiles, capable of carrying nuclear or conventional payloads also are deployed.
And one of China’s most secret missile programs is a revolutionary hypersonic strike vehicle that skims the upper atmosphere and can maneuver in a bid to defeat U.S. strategic defenses.
China for years has denounced U.S. missile defenses as destabilizing. But for the first time last month, the Chinese Defense Ministry confirmed the military is developing a new long-range anti-missile system.
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WNU Editor: China's desire to have a missile defence system is not a surprise .... they want what everyone else wants. But if China wants to hit and destroy U.S. targets in Asia and on the U.S. mainland .... the only way they will be able to do it will be via through missile strikes. The problem is that if the impossible becomes possible, and a war breaks out between China and the U.S. .... a conventional Chinese missile attack on Hawaii or the U.S. mainland could be interpreted as a nuclear attack .... and after that all hell will probably break loose.