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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 wordsworm on 1/6/2011 9:27:36 AM , Rating: 2
I guess to get a mathematics degree they don't require papers to provide references for claims. It's different with English literature I suppose. That's why I provided the reference to Wikipedia. More from Wikipedia - "The Babylonians did not technically have a digit for, nor a concept of, the number zero." Maybe you can pick up the argument with the references used in the Wiki article. As to the rest of your claims, I don't feel like tracking them down to find out if you're right or not. It's too bad that the degree in mathematics didn't include an English lit course or two to help you with reading. When I read both the articles on zero and Babylon, I did so with an open mind. I don't care if I'm right or wrong. I'm merely arguing using facts that I have gleaned from reading.

Where do you think the west got Chinese technology in the first place? I said I wasn't trying to put Western achievement down. I have no problem with complaining about how loud and obnoxious you are, and most of the anti-Chinese rhetoric here is. There's nothing wrong with China or Chinese people. It's a great country.

If any country deserves a bloody nose for its behaviour over the last 10 years, I'd have to say that America is on the top of the list. Vietnam, Cambodia, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan... when is America going to stop killing people? How many countries has China invaded?

RE: China: We no threat to nobody!
By ekv on 1/8/2011 3:32:48 PM , Rating: 2
That's why I provided the reference to Wikipedia.
Excuse me, but aren't you a little confused? I provided the Wiki link. You follow with Babylonian Numerals, but your quote stopped short. Why? Because the VERY next sentence says "Although they understood the idea..." I guess the facts just don't support your claims of Chinese superiority. Further, you apparently have selective memory for all your reading skill, since in the link I provided "The concept of zero as a number and not merely a symbol for separation is attributed to India where by the 9th century AD practical calculations were carried out using zero..." Where is the lineage for zero coming from China? Is that an 'exercise left for the reader'?
I don't care if I'm right or wrong.
I don't believe you. In fact, you don't even believe that. Would you like proof? Suppose that the person who makes the food you eat does not care about right or wrong. Then by that standard it's ok to add melamine. Right? I mean, so what if it's wrong.
Or how about the person that makes out your paycheck. If they short you a couple bucks, so what, no? Or the papers you turn in, so what if the references are bogus. Your prof's will never know the difference, right? Care to wager on that?
Where do you think the west got Chinese technology in the first place?
Instead of leveling false accusations against me, perhaps you ought to open your mind to remedial English grammar. Or were you trying to ask me something like 'In what country do you find the Panama Canal?'
If you're going to insult me, at least double-check your own work.

But then there are the facts regarding Chinese industrial espionage. Did you read that with an open mind as well? lol. So what you do is ignore and/or deflect criticism away from it. Or better, you just "don't feel like tracking" down facts contrary to your opinion.

There's nothing wrong with China or Chinese people.
If you're so pro-China, please just move there and renounce any supposed citizenship you may have here. You'd be on the leading edge of the new trend. Lastly, by your logic, if there's nothing wrong with them, there's nothing wrong with U.S.A. Except I'm man enough to know better and ask the hard questions. God bless....

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