This just in from the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington:
China Reform Monitor No. 987, September 10, 2012
On July 24 the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) strategic missile force, the Second Artillery Corps, test fired a state-of-the-art 10-warhead Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The military unit fired the missile toward the western desert thousands of miles from the Wuzhai Missile Test Center in Shanxi, the Chosan Ilbo reports. According to a military expert quoted in The Global Times: “The third generation ICBM equipped with multiple independent re-entry vehicles (MIRVs) is exactly the developing direction of the Second Artillery. Research is underway with the purpose of developing the next-generation ICBM that can hit targets anywhere in the world.” This is the first time state-owned media have acknowledged China is developing an ICBM equipped with multiple nuclear warheads that could defeat U.S. anti-missile defenses. The DF-41 has a range of 10,000-14,000 km, which would cover the entire U.S. Its predecessor, the DF-31, had a range of 7200-8000 km.
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