Missile display demonstrates China’s strategic ambitions: experts

Want China Times
Date: 2015-09-04

The various ballistic missiles displayed by China at a massive military parade commemorating the

DF-21D missiles displayed at the military parade in Beijing, Sept. 3. (Photo/Xinhua)
DF-21D missiles displayed at the military parade in Beijing, Sept. 3. (Photo/Xinhua)

70th anniversary of Japan’s World War II defeat fully demonstrated Beijing’s strategic ambitions, experts said Thursday.

The parade, held at Tiananmen Square Wednesday, featured 12,000 soldiers, 500 pieces of hardware and almost 200 aircraft, with 84% of the equipment seen in public for the first time.

Among the new missiles on display were the latest iterations of the Dongfeng (DF) series of short-range and intermediate-range ballistic missiles, including the DF-15, DF-16, DF-21D, and DF-26.

Also on display were the DF-31 and DF-5B intercontinental ballistic missiles, and the CJ-10 land attack cruise missile.

Hong Kong-based military analyst Leung Kwok-Leung, said the Chinese military’s main strategic intention is to break the military encirclement set up by the United States in the Asia Pacific, namely the “first island chain” and the “second island chain.”

Specifically, the Chinese military wants to control the first island chain and attack the second island chain, and the latest military parade has fully demonstrated China’s intentions, Leung said.     [FULL  STORY]


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