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China's New ICBM Nuclear Missiles

Updated on September 11, 2012
Chinese DF-41
Chinese DF-41

The West has been for years having a love fest with China because of its seemingly open-door policy allowing Western firms in for business. When that happened, everyone raced to open plants, car production, clothing manufacturing sites in search of mega profit. Yet, while the world helps convert China from a Third world nation to a leading nation, everyone tends to forget that its government IS communist and the freedoms they allow can be controlled and cancelled. The government and the military leadership do not always have the same goals and their size can make them and will make them be a "bully" as time goes on. Look no further than South China Sea area that Beijing claims as theirs, or, how they are trying to slowly assimilate Hong Kong, an island of democracy, into the real China.

In the shadows, are its military, so large in numbers, one wonders if it really is just for deterrence. China's real adversary is the USA, even though, the two nations are on decent terms now, it does not mean it will always be that way.

The military has now acquired, what only the US and Russia had, nuclear ICBM Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV). A single nuclear armed rocket that can carry multiple warheads that can be aimed at different targets with a range of 8600 miles, enough to hit anywhere in the USA. Worse, the DF-41, is on a mobile platform and now stuck in a silo like nearly all American nuclear missiles. Their new missile can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads and when aimed at different targets complicates destroying them. Their navy also has a similar missile that can be fired from a submarine and has a range of 4500 miles.

Up to now, China has stated that its nuclear missiles are only for deterrence and retaliation or second strike. These new missiles have take China to a a first strike capability. The question is why?

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      perrya 5 years ago

      True, valid point, all part of the world stage. like a parent telling their teen they will not have sex or smoke weed, yet, they do and u know it. iran is a special case, they have already vowed violence against another nation. China, not so much, yet...........

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      Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      How many countries did US invaded since '62 and where is America going to flex its muscle next. Two wrongs do not make a right, but again, my question is: who has the authority to determine who can and who can not have nuclear facilities

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      perrya 5 years ago

      China invaded India in 1962, they are now flexing muscle in the south chine sea and the arguments are so out of touch.

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      Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      When was the last time China invaded another country? How many times did America invaded other countries in the last 20 years? Why is it that some countries are allowed to have sophisticated weapons and others no?

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      perrya 5 years ago

      Oh please.......china, Iran, IMO

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      Deforest 5 years ago from USA

      What about the B61-12 nuclear American bombs hidden in Italy? Given that Truman used them in Nagazaki and Hiroshima, who should we fear the most?

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