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    China Prepares Anti-Ship Missile Facility

    Back in February I wrote a column on the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) naval build-up, the most interesting (at least to me) aspect of which was the development of an anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) as a potential counter to U.S. carrier strike groups. There are now indications that China is preparing to deploy its first ASBM unit in northern Guangdong province, co-located with an existing ballistic missile unit. The fact that this coincides with the PRC’s Ministry of National Defense toying with the idea of withdrawing missiles opposite Taiwan is also interesting.

    What it means is unclear, which of course is part of its interest. It may be that China is moving to normalize relations with Taiwan, in the wake of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agrement. Maybe so. Relations with the U.S., on the other hand, are likely to get stickier. We Americans are not at our best when we feel nervous, and those ASBMs aimed at our beloved carriers make us nervous indeed.

    Here an article from Asia Times and another from AP.




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