China has launched two missiles, including the so-called “carrier destroyer missile”. Wednesday morning in the South China Sea. A source close to Beijing’s military said the missile launch sent a clear warning to the United States. Beijing’s maneuvers came a day after China said a US U-2 spy plane had entered a no-fly zone without permission while the Chinese navy was conducting combat drills off the coast of the Bohai Sea. from the north coast. One of the missiles, the DF-26B, was launched from the northwestern province of Qinghai, while the other, the DF-21D, was launched from the eastern province of Zhejiang. According to the source, both died in the area between Hainan province and the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. The landing zone for the two missiles is what Hainan’s maritime security authorities have described as a restricted area as combat drills are held Monday through Saturday.
DF-26 and DF-21D Ballistic Missiles
The DF-26 dual-capable missile is a type of weapon banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed by the United States and the Soviet Union towards the end of the Cold War. The United States withdrew from the deal last year, citing Chinese arms deployments. The DF-26 has a range of 4,000 km (2,485 miles) and can be used in nuclear or conventional attacks against land and sea targets. The DF-21 has a range of about 1,800 km, with Chinese state media describing the DF-21D, one of a series of such missiles, as the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile. The source said the missile launch was aimed at increasing China’s ability to deny other forces access to the disputed South China Sea. This is China’s response to the potential risk posed by US military aircraft and ships increasingly entering the South China Sea,
Song Zhongping, a military commentator based in Hong Kong, said the missile launch was clearly intended to send a signal to the United States. China’s defense ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the launch of the killer-carrying missile. In a rare move, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducts nearly simultaneous drills in four sea areas. Earlier this month, the PLA also held exercises near Taiwan under the pretext of protecting national sovereignty, where the drills coincided with US Health Secretary Alex Azar’s visit to the island.
In July, the PLA conducted military drills in the South China Sea, East China Sea and Yellow Sea, while two US carriers conducted tactical air defense drills in the South China Sea, a maneuver that, according to the United States, was profitable. A free and open Indo-Pacific. Apart from aircraft carriers, the United States has also dispatched a number of battleships and naval vessels to monitor China’s activities. China’s military exercises have caused unrest among its neighbors. Vietnam has asked China to cancel the Paracel Islands military exercise, saying it violates Vietnam’s sovereignty and undermines Sino-ASEAN talks on the South China Sea code of conduct.