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    China’s ‘aircraft-carrier killer’ missiles successfully hit target ship in South China Sea, PLA insider reveals| South China Morning Post

    The two “aircraft-carrier killer” missiles that China launched in August travelled thousands of kilometres and hit their designated target, a moving ship, near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, according to a Chinese military expert.

    This is the first time the Chinese side has revealed details of the missile launches, which were first reported by the South China Morning Post in August. The news was later confirmed by the US military.

    After the launches it was reported that the missiles fell into the South China Sea, but Wang Xiangsui, a former senior colonel who now works as a professor at Beihang University in Beijing, said they hit a ship, their intended target.

    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 China’s east.

    The launches came a day after Beijing 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 northern coast. The US Navy had earlier sent two aircraft carrier strike groups into the South China Sea.

    “So several days later [after the aircraft carrier manoeuvres], we launched the DF-21 and DF-26, and the missiles hit a vessel sailing south of the Paracel Islands,” Wang said at a closed-door meeting in Zhejiang last month. The details of his speech were published for the first time on Wednesday.

    “Shortly after that, an American military attaché in Geneva complained [to us] and said it would lead to severe consequences if the missiles hit an American aircraft carrier. They see this as a show of force. But we are doing this because of their provocation,” Wang said.

    His remarks were made during the four-day Moganshan forum to discuss domestic and international issues and China’s new five-year plan.

    The event was organised by the National Development and Reform Commission and attended by 80 economists, former government officials and entrepreneurs.

    “This is a warning to the US, asking it not to take any military risks,” Wang said. “Such actions mark the bottom line of Sino-US confrontation.”
    Explainer | US aircraft carriers in the South China Sea and why they anger Beijing

    The missile launches came at a time of high tensions between Beijing and Washington over the disputed South China Sea.

    The US Navy said on July 4 it had deployed two aircraft carrier groups, led by the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan, to conduct tactical air defence exercises in the disputed waters “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific”.

    Beijing blasted the manoeuvres, describing them as provocative, while the US said China’s missile launches were reckless and destabilising.

    Song Zhongping, a former instructor with the People’s Liberation Army’s Second Artillery Corps, said the mission was evidence that China could carry out long-range precision strikes against medium to large surface vessels.

    “To hit a moving object is not an easy task, especially for ballistic missiles, which normally hit a stationary target,” he said. “The mission shows Chinese missiles are a real deterrent against US warships.”

    Michael Raska, an assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, said China was developing advanced combat systems capable of negating the United States’ traditional military superiority.
    Explainer | South China Sea: the dispute that could start a military conflict

    “The key problem for the US is to sustain its long-term deterrence, particularly in contested areas, while simultaneously mitigating risks,” he said.

    According to a report published by the US defence department in September, China may have already overtaken America in the area of missile development and shipbuilding, and is set to double its nuclear warhead stockpile over the next decade.

    The PLA has more than 1,250 ground-launched ballistic missiles and ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of up to 5,500km (3,400 miles). The US has a single type of conventional ground-launched ballistic missile, with a range of 70km to 300km, the report said.
    Now, before anyone start jumping up and down about "I told you so," Wang Xiangsui is a retired Political Officer, author of Unrestricted Warfare which puts Game of Thrones to shame for its imagination. The man never held a Combat Arms post and after reading Unrestricted Warfare, has zero clues to logistics. Also, in PLA Parlance, Political Officer is a Professional Liar.

    Song Zhongping never held a Command Post.

    Added to the fact that the launches and impacts were observed by a US Spyplane ... you can't even use this article as good toilet paper.
    Last edited by Officer of Engineers; 13 May 21,, 02:12.

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    U.S. Admiral: China Can ‘Keep Pouring Money’ Into Anti-Ship Ballistic Missiles - USNI News

    China can continue spending money on anti-ship ballistic missiles, but it might not be the capability needed to win if a conflict broke out between the U.S. and China, the admiral overseeing Navy intelligence said Wednesday.

    Vice Adm. Jeffrey Trussler, the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare (OPNAV N2/N6), said the Navy monitors China’s missile programs, including the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile – sometimes called the “carrier-killer.”

    Trussler said he could not say whether China has “fully fielded” the DF-21D missile, but he emphasized that the Navy watches capabilities that could affect what it does at sea.

    “I’m not going to get [into] much more detail of what we know and don’t know about it. But they’re pouring a lot of money in the ability to basically rim their coast in the South China Sea with anti-ship missile capability. It’s a destabilizing effort in the South China Sea, in the East China Sea, all those areas. When their claims of some of these contested islands – they’re militarizing those areas,” Trussler said at a virtual event hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.

    “That’s something we’re going to watch very closely. It’s something that confuses the international order and concerns the allies in the region. It’s one reason we work to keep the global commons open and the free flow of traffic,” he continued. “But when you see that – those are troubling developments. They’re probably aimed and specifically developed towards the United States Navy. So we watch them very closely. I hope they just keep pouring money into that type of thing. That may not be how we win the next war.”

    China in August fired a DF-26B and a DF-21D into the South China Sea, according to a report in the South China Morning Post at the time.

    Trussler said the Navy also monitors the DF-26, which has a reported range of 4,000 kilometers.

    The People’s Liberation Army has sought a missile capability that could make it difficult for the U.S. to operate within the first island chain due to the reach of Chinese missiles.

    The Navy and Marine Corps – in seeking to prepare for possible conflict in the Indo-Pacific with China – have emphasized the need for the service to operate in a distributed fashion, including between expeditionary bases on islands in the region.

    The Marine Corps is in the process of adding a land-based anti-ship weapon – which could be mounted on its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle – to its arsenal and envisions using the capability while operating on those expeditionary bases.