Missile Showdown: China vs. America in the South China Sea

China in recent years has occupied several disputed islands in the China Seas, dredged their endangered coral reefs and built atop them sprawling airfields and barracks and installations for cruise missiles and air-defense systems. The Chinese military lobbed anti-ship ballistic missiles into the South China Sea in tests in early July 2019. The missile trials underscored Beijing’s increasing militarization of resource-rich waters on which several countries have conflicting claims. “The Chinese carried out the first test over the weekend, firing off at least one missile into the sea,” NBC News…

China denies US accusations of South China Sea missile tests, East Asia News & Top Stories

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China’s Defence Ministry on Friday (July 5) denied US accusations that the Chinese military had recently carried out missile tests in the disputed South China Sea, saying instead that they had held routine drills that involved the firing of live ammunition. The Pentagon said on Tuesday the missile launch was “disturbing” and contrary to Chinese pledges that it would not militarise the strategic waterway. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Friday that according to initial information, China appeared to have tested multiple anti-ship…

China tested new anti-ballistic missile in South China Sea, U.S. admiral says

July 19 (UPI) — China demonstrated a new anti-ship ballistic missiles, with nuclear capabilities, last month, the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief said. Adm. Philip Davidson told the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday that six missiles fired into the South China Sea included a new, submarine-launched anti-ship ballistic missile called the JL-3. The tests came after Wei Fenghe, China’s defense minister, offered threatening remarks in June regarding China’s claim of sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea at a Singapore security conference. Wei’s intimidations, Davidson said, were “quite chilling.…

South China Sea crisis MAPPED as Beijing warns Trump over missile positions in region | World | News

The South China Sea has been at the centre of an ongoing diplomatic and military battle between Beijing and Washington – as well as their allies in the region. Perceived aggression by Chinese forces towards smaller nations such as Vietnam and the Philippines has led US officials to believe that Beijing is actively seeking a much stronger presence in the area. Amid an ongoing trade war between Trump and Xi Jinping, the South China Sea crisis presents a complex conflict in a volatile region. Washington’s proposal to place missiles in…

Beijing warns of ‘countermeasures’ over US missile plans

BEIJING: China warned Tuesday (Aug 6) it would take countermeasures if the US goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based missiles in the Asia-Pacific region. US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday in Australia that he was in favour of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, possibly within months. Advertisement Advertisement Washington formally pulled out last week from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, a 1987 pact with the former Soviet Union that banned ground-launched nuclear and conventional ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500km to…

Taiwan holds missile exercise as Chinese military drills nearby

Taiwan’s military is firing off more than one hundred missiles in a series of live-fire exercises as the Chinese military drills nearby, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reports. During the two-day drill that began on Monday, Taiwan’s military will launch 117 missiles, among which are 12 different weapon types with ranges far enough to clear the Taiwan Strait, a strategic waterway that is only 81 miles wide at its narrowest section. Forty-one missiles were fired off on Monday, CNA reports, citing Ministry of National Defense Deputy Chief of Staff Li Chao-ming.…