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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 maven81 on 12/29/2010 3:03:38 PM , Rating: 2
"They wake up every morning and blow up stuff in their own country."

And our direct neighbors to the south, Mexico, are engaged in a very bloody drug war that occasionally spills over our border. (Which you can't say for say Afghanistan). So should we send troops to Mexico? They are a pretty significant trading partner after all.

"Never mind the terrorists the FBI foils everyday in the US. Do you even read the news?"

They are simply not that big of a threat. Even if say terrorits like the times square wannabe bomber succeeded in killing 10 people, we've probably had more deaths then that just as the result of the current snow storm! 3,000 people perished on 9/11 and we freaked out, yet tens of thousands die in car accidents every year! This is blown WAY out of proportion.

RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Spuke on 12/29/10, Rating: 0
RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By maven81 on 12/29/2010 4:14:53 PM , Rating: 4
And you would be wrong. I lived in New York until 6 months ago and happened to be in the city on that day, and saw it with my own eyes. While in the beginning there was a lot of anger and frustration, after some time passed none of the people I've spoken with that lost relatives there were out for blood, because they knew that it would not bring anyone back. Remember, no one is denying that this is a tragedy. But ask any New Yorker if they wake up thinking they might get blown up today, and I bet most people will tell you they are much more worried about other things. In fact many of us are quite puzzled that most people that seemed to take this personally didn't even live in New York.

RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By Spuke on 12/29/2010 7:07:13 PM , Rating: 1
I think either I misunderstood you or you misunderstood me. I'll try it a different way. I'm not talking about people out for blood or people worried about getting blown up. The US fucked our response to 911 up. The people responsible SHOULD be found and brought to trial or even killed in the battlefield. If anything, they committed murder. That is a crime in the US punishable by at least some jail time. We had world support in finding these people and fucked it away by going to war with a country that had nothing or little to do with it. You should've seen my face when Congress declared war with Iraq. Unlike most of you clowns, I NEVER believe we should've been there but then I had some perspective being just out of the military.

In fact many of us are quite puzzled that most people that seemed to take this personally didn't even live in New York.
LOL! Because an attack on New York is just an attack on them, not the rest of the country. Sorry but the terrorists didn't pick the WTC, the Sears tower or the Pentagon because they hated New Yorkers, these are/were symbols of America. Of course, everyone takes it personal. We should all take an attack on ourselves personal. Are you even from this country? How could you not remember the other attacks?

By Skywalker123 on 12/30/2010 6:49:57 AM , Rating: 3
Congres didn't declare war on Iraq

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