Concerns about China
Recently published reports based on satellite images show that China is building 230 new bunkers for intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads with a range that can reach far to America. The construction of these missile silos represents the expansion of China’s missile capabilities and marks the latest chapter in the country’s military development. However, analysts warn that could spark a missile race in Asia.
Concerned about China, countries in the region are ordering or seeking to develop their own missiles to expand their long-range missile arsenals. Many of them are not only equipped with conventional warheads, but can also carry nuclear warheads.
“In light of China’s rapid rise in influence in recent years, there’s really been a missile race,” said Patrick Cronin, chair of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Hudson Institute. taking place in the Indo-Pacific. To put it bluntly, it’s an accelerating rocket race.”
According to Mr. Cronin, countries, such as South Korea, or members of the Quartet including India, Japan, Australia and the US see the threat from China in different aspects, but all have in common. aimed at countering Beijing’s influence.
The Chinese military, one of the largest in the world, is developing the ability to conduct long-range operations. The missiles China uses, especially the DF-21 and DF-26, pose a threat to buffer zones that countries such as the US and Australia have long seen as advantageous.