• During China’s military parade this week to celebrate its national holiday, the country “might show off its rapidly developing arsenal, which may include a nuclear-capable missile that could reach the United States in 30 minutes.”
  • Chinese media said “the Dongfeng (DF) 41 is one of a series of new weapons” that “might be unveiled during the parade marking the ruling Communist Party’s 70th anniversary in power. Others included a supersonic drone and a robot submarine.”
  • Analysts have predicted that “DF-41, flying at 25 times the speed of sound, might be able to reach the United States in 30 minutes with up to 10 warheads for separate targets — a technology known as MIRV, or multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles.”
  • The military parade is also “expected to highlight Beijing’s ambition to enforce claims to Taiwan, the South China Sea and other disputed territories — and to challenge Washington as the region’s dominant force.”
  • China’s People’s Liberation Army, the second largest military in the world “with 2 million men and women in uniform and the second-highest annual spending after the United States, also has been working on fighter planes, the first Chinese-built aircraft carrier and nuclear-powered submarines.”
  • Siemon Wezeman of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said: “There are quite a lot of observers, including the U.S. military, who say, ‘This is getting close to what we do,’ and they are starting to worry.”
  • According to Ministry of Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Cai Zhijun, “Tuesday’s parade will include 15,000 troops, more than 160 aircraft and 580 pieces of military equipment.”
  • Cai told reporters this week that “many new weapons will be shown for the first time,” but when he was “asked whether that would include the Dongfeng 41, he said, “‘Please wait and see.’”
  • Experts have noted that “the ability to project power has been seen as increasingly urgent for Chinese leaders aiming to control shipping lanes and waters also claimed by Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines and other governments.”
  • Earlier this year, the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said: “China has developed nuclear, space, cyberspace and other capabilities that can reach potential adversaries across the globe.”

Reference Links

  • Fox: Chinese parade may include glimpse at nuclear-capable missile that could reach US in 30 minutes READ
  • Bloomberg: Xi Military Parade to Showcase China Missiles Spooking the U.S. READ
  • The Independent: China ‘poised to unveil new nuclear missile’ at military parade in warning to Trump READ
  • ABC: Chinese parade a glimpse into military ambitions READ

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