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Missile being launched from a submarine  (Source: Daily Mail)
Experts believe it could be years before the missiles are fully operational

There are potential future hot spots for military conflict all over the world, with China being high on the list. Since the days of WWII, the U.S. Navy has had the clear superiority in surface ship warfare in the waters in and around China, but the Chinese have a new missile system that could cause the U.S. to rethink its plans for any future conflicts in the area.

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 reports that China has a new missile known as the DF-21 that has reached its "initial operational capability" (IOC). The IOC milestone for the Chinese weapon system means that the design has been settled on but the system will continue to be refined according to military experts.

Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper, "An analogy using a Western term would be 'initial operational capability (IOC),' whereby I think China would perceive that it has an operational capability now, but they continue to develop it. I would gauge it as about the equivalent of a U.S. system that has achieved IOC."

The missile can be launched from land and is capable of striking surface vessels that are moving, with enough force to destroy a U.S. supercarrier with one hit. 

A U.S. Naval Institute report from last year said of the missile system, "The size of the missile enables it to carry a warhead big enough to inflict significant damage on a large vessel."

The missile is launched from land, soars into the atmosphere, and then uses a complex guidance system combined with maneuverability and a low radar signature to evade defensive weapons and hit moving targets. So far, the U.S. has not detected over-the-surface tests of the missile on moving targets.

Despite the continued growth of the Chinese military and the new weapons system, 
DailyMail reports that the Chinese military still maintains that it is no threat to countries in its region. The missile would be guided by an interwoven system of UAVs, submarines, and satellites to its target.

Chinese military spokesperson Jiang Wu said, "I can say that China pursues a defensive national policy. ... We pose no threat to other countries. We will always be a force in safeguarding regional peace and stability."



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RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By AssBall on 12/29/2010 2:37:28 PM , Rating: 3
I like your plan, but there is a missing part I wonder about.

Every Diplomatic/Military action is essentially a business decision (unless you believe in altruism). In that respect the U.S.A. has a mixed track record, but we also have the BEST track record in modern history.

If we keep wasting money on some of these actions with no return (Afghanistan), what is the point?

It's not that I disagree with the Military being in places like Afghanistan to cull terrorists, its that their mission and purpose are impossible economically and politically, as prescribed by our current Commander and Chief.

So if we are going to refuse to be effective or economical, I support the Spuke plan.


RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Spuke on 12/29/2010 3:06:36 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
If we keep wasting money on some of these actions with no return (Afghanistan), what is the point?
Afghanistan is a waste simply because we begged to go there and then made deals on how we'll conduct "warfare". All this served was to kill a bunch of people with no benefit to anyone. Do you think the Afghani's would care if we removed their terrorists and other instruments of discontent? If the US got invaded and all the white supremacists groups got wiped out, I wouldn't shed a tear.

If we had put Afghanistan on the spot, we could dictate instead of beg. Further actions might end up being easier because EVERYONE would know how we conduct business.

Which leads to my fundamental issue with politics is that it's based on fooling people into getting your way instead of negotiating to attain a mutual benefit. These people need to take a basic sales class.


RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By maven81 on 12/29/2010 4:29:11 PM , Rating: 3
"If we had put Afghanistan on the spot, we could dictate instead of beg. Further actions might end up being easier because EVERYONE would know how we conduct business."

And how exactly do you put them on the spot? You must have slept through the soviet experience because they have shown that even if you control every major city you still have no control over the country as a whole. Worse yet no one seems to be paying attention to the nature of the people we are dealing with. These are tribal people. They don't give a crap about a central government. Their allegiance is to the elders of their small village. Why do we insist on propping up a government that no one there actually wants?


RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Spuke on 12/29/10, Rating: -1
RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Skywalker123 on 12/30/2010 6:43:36 AM , Rating: 2
WWI showed us that we SHOULDN'T get involved.


RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By AssBall on 12/30/2010 9:59:35 AM , Rating: 2
We were doing "business" with England when Germany sunk our cruise ship. Of course we'd get involved.


RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Iketh on 12/29/2010 6:23:05 PM , Rating: 1
Are those white supremacists controlling how you live? Of course, they would if they could, but that's another discussion. Don't compare apples to oranges.

Being over there is giving us plenty of experience in real-world (though not conventional) warfare. We have new technologies being put through the grinder and tactics being developed and honed.


RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Spuke on 12/29/2010 6:53:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Being over there is giving us plenty of experience in real-world (though not conventional) warfare.
I don't care what white supremacists are doing. I mentioned that if we were invaded and they got wiped out, I wouldn't care nor would Afghani's care if their PITA's were removed from their presence. Not apples to oranges at all.

quote:
Being over there is giving us plenty of experience in real-world (though not conventional) warfare.
There is something to be said for real world knowledge of warfare. Quite frankly, I think we would STILL be involved militarily in the world without being in the BS world's police role. We would simply be asked to do things. Think about it. You have this huge, high tech military in a friendly country that minds it's own business for the most part. Someone's going to have a problem they can't handle (Kuwait was one) and would like some help. I have no issues with helping other countries that ask.


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