“Warning to the USA”: China fires two medium-range missiles into the South China Sea


China’s military has launched two medium-range missiles into the controversial South China Sea. A source close to the Chinese military told the Hong Kong newspaper “South China Morning Post” that the rockets were fired from Qinghai and Zhejiang provinces on Wednesday and landed in a sea area that was closed to maneuvering Monday through Saturday. The paper spoke of a “warning to the USA”.

The unusual demonstration of military strength followed an incident with an American reconnaissance plane, which the Chinese military rated as a “serious provocation”. According to the newspaper, a medium-range missile of the type DF-26B with a range of 4000 kilometers, which can also be equipped with nuclear equipment, was used, as well as an advanced anti-ship missile of the type DF-21D with a range of 1800 kilometers. According to the newspaper, both rockets landed in an area southeast of the Chinese island of Hainan and the Paracel Islands.

China makes territorial claims over large parts of the strategically important South China Sea. The International Court of Arbitration in The Hague rejected the territorial claims in 2016. China ignores the verdict. (dpa)


Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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