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China Tests Missile Defense System

On February 4, China successfully tested an unspecified land-based midcourse missile defense system. In a February 5 statement, China’s Ministry of National Defense announced that the nighttime test occurred within China’s borders and “achieved the desired test objective.” According to Chinese state media, the flight marked the fourth publicly announced test of a midcourse ballistic...

China Launches Antiship Ballistic Missiles in Test

On August 26, China test fired multiple ballistic missiles, which landed at a site near Hainan and the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. According to Chinese reports, Chinese forces launched one DF-26B from Qinghai in the country’s northwest and one DF-21D ballistic missile from the eastern province of Zhejiang. U.S. intelligence sources later...

China Tests Intermediate-Range Ballistic Missiles

China recently test fired two DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missiles, according to People’s Liberation Army (PLA) footage released on August 3. In a subsequent August 6 report, state media reported the launches were part of a “cross-regional confrontational exercise” to verify missile camouflage, maneuvering, and launch under operational conditions. The exercises are expected to continue over...

India Deploys Air Defenses Near Chinese Border

In late June, India’s armed forces deployed the Akash quick-reaction surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to eastern Ladakh in Kashmir amid tensions with China. The system was deployed “to prevent any misadventure by the Chinese Air Force fighter jets or the People’s Liberation Army choppers there,” Indian government officials told local media. The Akash is a...

Catching Up: China’s Developing Military Power

For decades, China has engaged in a fervent game of “catch-up” with U.S. military capabilities. This effort, which has ballooned China’s defense spending to 620 percent of its 1990 level, is beginning to bear real fruit. While still far from achieving military parity, China’s military technology and doctrine are quickly coalescing into a coherent form of warfare,...

More Than Missiles: China Previews its New Way of War

On October 1, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding. Among the pageantry was a military parade in which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) performed a highly orchestrated show of strength, exhibiting many of its strategic weapon systems. While China has regularly held such displays in the past, this...

Russia Aiding China On Missile Early Warning System

On October 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country was aiding China “to create a missile-warning system, a missile-attack warning system.” While China possesses several long-range radars, it has not yet deployed a larger homeland ballistic missile warning system like Russia and the United States. Details of the cooperation arrangement remain unknown. Related...

China Showcases New Ballistic Missiles, Hypersonic Vehicles in Parade

On September 30, the People’s Republic of China revealed several missiles for its 70th anniversary celebration. According to Chinese state media, new weapons included the DF-41, a road-mobile ICBM, and the DF-17, a short-range ballistic missile with a hypersonic glide vehicle. During the parade, China also displayed the JL-2, a submarine-launched ballistic missile which previously...

US Approves Taiwan Stinger Missile Sale

On July 8, the U.S. State Department approved a $223 million sale of Stinger surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan. The Stinger is a man-portable air-defense system (MANPADS) capable of engaging low-altitude airborne threats at short range. In response, the People’s Republic of China expressed “resolute opposition” to the sale at a press conference. Related Links: Taipei...

China Tests Antiship Ballistic Missiles

On July 1, two U.S. officials told NBC that China is testing antiship ballistic missiles in the South China Sea. From June 30 to July 1, China issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) regarding a “temporary danger area” over waters off Hainan and the Spratly Islands and fired one or more missiles into the sea....