China Test-Fires Two Missiles In Warning To The US

It has been reported that the Chinese army launched two missiles into the South China Sea in a military warning to the United States.

Jessica David

August 27, 2020

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China’s military test-fired two missiles in the South China Sea, including a ‘carrier-killer’. Military analysts suggest it might have been developed to attack US forces, a newspaper reported on Thursday (August 27). The DD-26B and DF-21D missiles fired on Wednesday (August 26) targeted an area between the southern island province of Hainan and the Paracel Islands, a Hong Kong newspaper reported, citing unidentified sources close to the Chinese military. The Ministries of Defence and Foreign Affairs in Beijing didn’t immediately respond to requests for confirmation.

Disputes over control of the South China Sea, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, are a growing irritant in Beijing’s relations with Washington and its southern neighbours. This year, the Trump administration rejected most of Beijing’s claims to sovereignty over the majority of the disputed sea, portions of which are also claimed by Vietnam, the Philippines and other governments. Wednesday’s launches followed Chinese complaints that a US U2 spy plane entered a ‘no-fly zone’ declared by Beijing during a military drill off its northern coast.

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