China and the United States have been engaged in a series of high-tension issues and the question remains whether the two countries will go into war or not. According to new reports, China is preparing to deploy its top new long-range missile against the US amidst hopes that upcoming talks will address the pending issues.
China will soon activate its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile early this year as reported by a defense magazine (Kanwa Asian Defense) via the South China Morning Post. According to the report, the DF-41 can be considered the world’s longest range missile. The hardware is on its final test phase. It has an operational range of up to 14,500km. Once the missile is deployed to People’s Liberation Army’s new Rocket Force base in Xinyang, Henand Province, the United States will just be half an hour of striking distance.
Nonetheless, defense analysts did say that it was not yet sure if the missile could penetrate the multilayered defense system of the United States.
“No one questions the longest range of the DF-41 is near 15,000km. But within just a few minutes of being launched, it might be blocked by the US’ defense system at its Guam naval base,” the report quoted Professor He Qisong, a defense policy specialist at the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. However, the threat of missile systems continue to be a guessing game among world powers as each issues warnings after the other.
In relation to missiles, the United States is also hoping that China will agree to a technical briefing about the West’s new missile defense system that it plans to deploy in South Korea. Beijing has been vocal before about its opposition to the deployment, citing it as a threat to the country’s national security.
“We realize China may not believe us and also proposed to go through the technology and specifications with them … and prepared to explain to what the technology does and what it doesn’t do and hopefully they will take us up on that proposal,” Reuters quoted U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“The THAAD system exceeds the normal defensive needs of the Korean peninsula, threatens China’s reasonable national security interests and damages regional strategic stability,” explained Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei on inquiry whether China would accept the briefing.