China Fires its ‘Aircraft-Carrier Killer’ Missiles

“The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle” Psalm 78:9

Gill: but turned back in the day of battle; fled from the enemy, could not stand their ground when the onset was made:
Trapp: Carnal confidence seldom comes home otherwise than weeping.

Chinese military fires ‘aircraft-carrier killer’ missile into South China Sea in ‘warning to the United States’

Kristin Huang for SCMP: 26 Aug, 2020

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China launched two missiles, including an “aircraft-carrier killer” into the South China Sea on Wednesday morning, a source close to the Chinese military said, sending a clear warning to the United States.

But in another report a US defense official told CBS News that China’s military had in fact launched four medium-range missiles from the country’s mainland, all of which splashed down in the South China Sea. — Question remains: 2 or 4 missiles launched? 

The move came one day after China said a US U-2 spy plane entered a no-fly zone without permission during a Chinese live-fire naval drill in the Bohai Sea off its north coast.

One of the missiles, a DF-26B, was launched from the northwestern province of Qinghai, while the other, a DF-21D, lifted off from Zhejiang province in the east. Both were fired into an area between Hainan province and the Paracel Islands, the source said.

The DF-26 dual-capable missile is a type of weapon banned by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by the US and Soviet Union towards the end of the Cold War. When the US withdrew from the treaty last year, it cited China’s deployment of such weapons as justification.

See the source imageThe DF-26 has a range of 4,000km (2,485 miles) and can be used in nuclear or conventional strikes against ground and naval targets.

The DF-21 has a range of around 1,800km, with state media describing the most advanced in the series, the DF-21D, as the world’s first anti-ship ballistic missile.

“This is China’s response to the potential risks brought by the increasingly frequent incoming US warplanes and military vessels in the South China Sea,” the source said. “China doesn’t want the neighbouring countries to misunderstand Beijing’s goals.”

In a rare move, the People’s Liberation Army is conducting drills almost simultaneously in four sea regions.

Earlier this month, the PLA also held exercises near Taiwan “to safeguard national sovereignty”, exercises that coincided with US Health Secretary Alex Azar’s trip to the island.

China claims to the South China Seas dates back to the Three Kingdoms period (the years 221–277), Yang Fu (楊阜) wrote about the South China Sea: “There are islets, sand cays, reefs and banks in the South China Sea, the water there is shallow and filled with magnetic rocks or stones. Older maps of the South China Sea show China’s line of claim has eleven dashes

In July, the PLA conducted military exercises in the South China, East China and Yellow seas, as two US aircraft carriers conducted tactical air defence exercises in the South China Sea – manoeuvres the US said were “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator, said the missile launches were clearly meant to send a signal to the United States.

“The US continues to test China’s bottom line in Taiwan and South China Sea issues, and this pushed China to showcase its military strength to let Washington know that even US aircraft carriers cannot flex their full muscle near China’s coast,” Song said.

“Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke” Hosea 5:9 

For the full South China Morning Post report, click HERE
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Military vehicles carrying DF-21D missiles are displayed in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on September 3, 2015.Former commander Scott Swift of the US Pacific Fleet finally acknowledged that the US military had lost the best time to control the South China Sea. He believes that China has deployed a large number of Hongqi 9 air defense missiles, H-6K bombers, and electronic jamming systems on islands and reefs. The defense can be said to be solid. “If US fighter jets rush into the South China Sea, they are likely to encounter their ‘Waterloo.’”

Read how the United States could meet its Waterloo In Original SGT Report click HERE

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~ by Joel Huan on August 27, 2020.

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