China deploys hypersonic missiles across from Taiwan
China has reportedly deployed new hypersonic missiles across from Taiwan as it marshals forces in preparation for a future invasion.
On Sunday (Oct. 18), the South China Morning Post, which is owned by Alibaba Group, cited an anonymous military source as saying that China's most advanced hypersonic missile, the DF-17, is being deployed to People's Liberation Army (PLA) bases in the provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, which sit right across from Taiwan.
The deployment of the missiles is part of a PLA pattern of a beefing up of its forces along the coast of China in what some analysts are saying are preparations for an invasion of Taiwan.
Chinese state media played down as "mere speculations" reports that Beijing had moved hypersonic missiles closer to Taiwan, though it also offered an explanation for how the weapons would be used.
Chinese Communist Party newspaper Global Times published the lengthy article in response to claims in Hong Kong's South China Morning Post—citing an anonymous source—that the People's Liberation Army had deployed its Dongfeng-17 hypersonic missiles to China's southeastern coastline.
Pentagon military strategists have eyed China’s military modernization plan with growing unease, as Washington’s wealthy rival has fielded land-based cruise missiles that can threaten every major U.S. military base in the region.
The new air-launched missile reportedly can carry conventional missiles and nuclear warheads, in keeping with Beijing’s pursuit of a world-class military.
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