It is a warning to the US: China’s military has launched two missiles into the controversial South China Sea. The US is imposing immigration and trade sanctions.
China’s military has fired two medium-range missiles into the controversial South China Sea. The sources report of a “warning to the USA” and cited a source close to the Chinese military: The rockets were fired on Wednesday from the provinces of Qinghai and Zhejiang and landed in a sea area that is closed to Chinese manoeuvres from Monday to Saturday has been. The rocket launch was confirmed by US officials, according to Bloomberg news agency.
The unusual demonstration of military strength followed an incident with a US reconnaissance aircraft, which the Chinese military rated as a “serious provocation”. According to the sources, the Chinese military deployed a nuclear-armed medium-range missile of the DF-26B type with a range of 4,000 kilometres, as well as an advanced anti-ship missile of the DF-21D type with a range of 1,800 kilometres. According to the newspaper, both rockets landed in an area southeast of the Chinese island of Hainan and the Paracel Islands.
China claims 80 percent of the resource-rich South China Sea, through which important shipping routes run. The territorial claims were rejected by the International Court of Arbitration in The Hague in 2016, but China is ignoring the ruling.