Media around the world are increasingly reporting on a Chinese military build up in its south east region, along the Fujian coast facing Taiwan – supposedly in preparation for an invasion of Taiwan – and Beijing is doing nothing to dispel the rumours.
Reports overnight from U.S. media talk of China’s People’s Liberation Army upgrading missile bases and working to deploy the latest hypersonic missiles in Beijing’s arsenal – the DF-17.
The DF-17 is a 15 ton, 11 metre long missile capable of travelling at over 3,800 miles per hour and can be fitted with conventional or thermonuclear warheads.
“The DF-17 hypersonic missile will gradually replace the old DF-11s and DF-15s that were deployed in the southeast region for decades,” a report in the region’s South China Morning Post read Sunday. “The new missile has a longer range and is able to hit targets more accurately” it continued, referring to a source in the Chinese capital.