Can China’s Hypersonic DF-17 Missiles Threaten Taiwan? Or U.S. Bases?

The National Interest
Date: November 17, 2020
By: Kris Osborn

Putting hypersonic missiles in these kinds of strategic positions may simply be geopolitical posturing, in part designed to test the waters and see what kind of rhetoric emerges from the U.S. regarding a possible response to a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

Here's What You Need to Remember: One possible interpretation of China’s posturing and potential preparations is that Chinese military leaders may believe they currently have an advantage over U.S. forces, something they might want to exploit before it erodes.

China is moving hypersonic missiles to its Southern coast as part of a visible move to demonstrate resolve to potentially invade Taiwan, a prospect increasingly becoming more realistic by virtue of stepped-up exercises, bomber patrols, war games and accelerated modernization. 

China’s most advanced hypersonic missile, the DF-17, is reported by the South China Morning Post to be deployed along the Southeastern coastline of China in what could be a signal or preparation for an attempt to reunite with Taiwan by force.     [FULL  STORY]

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