Analysis

China: New ICBM Raises Nuclear Threat to the US
Photo believed to be of the new Chinese road-mobile DF-41 ICBM.
September 11, 2012
| Security
| Asia and the Pacific
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China’s recent test launches of its first intercontinental ballistic missile and a submarine-launched ballistic missile are significant leaps forward that seem to indicate a major shift in its defense posture. Specifically, the tests appear designed to give China a first-strike nuclear capability against the United States, raising the question of what, exactly, China is planning.
China’s rapid development of nuclear missiles, from land-based mobile launchers to potential submarine-launched platforms, ushers in a new era for Chinese nuclear capabilities. These developments provide China with a new ability to target every American city.

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