US fears over China long-range missiles

Financial Times

The US is increasingly concerned about China’s deployment of mobile land and sea-based ballistic nuclear missiles that have the range to hit the US, according to people familiar with an imminent Pentagon report on China’s military.

The 2007 Pentagon China military power report will highlight the surprising pace of development of a new Jin-class submarine equipped to carry a nuclear ballistic missile with a range of more than 5,000 miles.

Washington is also concerned about the strategic implications of China’s preparations later this year to start deploying a new mobile, land-based DF-31A intercontinental ballistic missile that could target the whole US.

It’s too bad we’re preoccupied in the sandbox.

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One Response to US fears over China long-range missiles

  1. Danny L. McDaniel says:

    The US fears Chinese missles and their new quiet, fast diesel engined submarine, which are faster than anything in the US fleet; the US fears Iranian nuclear intention, and we fear that the US accomplished for Iran what it was incapable of doing in Iraq in the 1980’s: we fear North Korean nuclear weapons and missles technology; we fear that we got into the “War on Terror” by using an outdated and too predictable model.

    The US has focused so much on Iraq that the rest of the world has passed us by. The only thing W. has accomplished is making the US a second rate power that looks pretty stupid at the moment. When this war ends Americans are going to ask themselves,”What happened to the rest of the world while we were gone?”

    Get ready for the most disoriented period in American history. We used the best military in the world, it didn’t work. Diplomacy seems to be something we haven’t used too much in the past 6 or 7 years. When we do engage others we will be on the submissive end. That will be a role change Americans will have to get used to.

    Danny L. McDaniel
    Lafayette, Indiana

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