China's new missile is being called the "Guam assassin" because it could attack a US military base. UU In the Pacific Ocean with a nuclear weapon.
Ministry of Defense spokesman Wu Qian said the DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile was now in service and could carry conventional and nuclear warheads to attack targets on land or at sea. It has a range of up to 4,000 kilometers, or 2,500 miles, which means it could reach major US facilities. UU On the island of Guam or other military bases in the region. Wu said China will not launch a nuclear attack against an opponent unless it is an act of defense, the Associated Press reported.
This is the first time that the DF-26 missile has been in operation. China showed it previously during a military parade in 2015 marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
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The big revelation this week is the latest sign that China is working to improve its massive army with new combat aircraft, aircraft carriers and advanced missiles amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and the South China Sea.
"China's military modernization is targeting capabilities with the potential to degrade the military technological advantages of the United States," a Defense Department report warned Congress last year. "The DF-26, which debuted publicly last year, is capable of performing intermediate precision attacks against ground targets that could include US bases in Guam."
Approximately 7,000 US servicemen are stationed at the Guam Naval Base and Andersen Air Base. The island is also home to four nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines.
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U.S. the leaders are not the only ones concerned about China's military growth. The Chinese air force conducted this week what it called "military combat exercise" exercises near the Democratic Republic of Taiwan with reconnaissance aircraft and H-6K bombers. Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of China, said the People's Liberation Army sent an "extremely clear" message.
"We have the determined will, full confidence and sufficient capacity to thwart any form of separatist separatist movements and movements in Taiwan and to defend the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country," Ma said.
"If the independence forces of Taiwan continue to do what they want, we will take more measures, "he added.
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