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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 Spuke on 12/29/2010 6:43:28 PM , Rating: -1
And how exactly do you put them on the spot?
Don't know. That's for someone else to figure out AND it would only work if the steps I outlined above were in place AND we weren't in the BS role of "world's police". As far as I'm concerned, our only move is to pull out of everywhere, fire everyone associated with foreign policy, kick the UN out of our country, and take a MUCH lesser role in world affairs. As WWI showed us, we cannot be totally uninvolved (too bad....I would prefer it that way) but we could surely scale it down a few hundred percent.

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.
As far the rest of your post, I could care less because I don't think we should be there to begin with. The Middle East is not a threat at all and we should ONLY be there if they attack us. Yes, 911 was an attack but we fucked the response ALL up and wasted all that world support we had. Now, I don't necessarily believe we need world support to do everything BUT, if you're playing politics, it's a good thing to have.

In MY Utopian dream, we would only participate in world affairs only for trade and so people don't think we're like North Korea. Hell, I would even limit trading only to democratic, westernized countries. Fuck everyone else. I sure as hell wouldn't have a base in another country unless specifically asked AND I would not participate in war games with anyone else either. Fuck'em. I liken our situation to celebrities and the paparazzi. When you're in the public eye, you're ripe for harassment. When you're no one special, MOST people leave you alone.

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.

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