Commentary: China continues its tradition of naming amphibious ships after mountains.
Commentary: A relative breakthrough, the H-6Ks flew straight through the strait and straight back. A long, long way from the aerial navigation skills of Russia’s Long Range Aviation and their cookie-cutter circumnavigation of Japan.
Commentary: It’s a bit weird that China would outfit the DF-5 with MIRVs. As the author points out the DF-5 is an older, liquid fueled missile. A liquid-fueled ICBM takes hours to prepare for flight, so it’s not the kind of a weapon to deter a no-notice attack. Why would China place more warheads from a limited stockpile on a vulnerable system?
It could be signaling by the PRC, that it can proceed with modernizing nuclear delivery systems if India and the U.S. do so.
Commentary: Ishigakijima and Miyakojima are two inhabited islands in the Ryukyus that flank the Miyako Strait. The PLAN has been sending surface task forces through the strait once or twice a year since 2010 or so.
Placing anti-ship missiles on both islands will close the strait during wartime or times of crisis, and short of occupying the islands there won’t be much China could do about it.
Commentary: The article discusses the Type 091 Han class of nuclear submarines.
I would personally doubt the assertion that the Type 091s are only “20 years” behind the U.S. in terms of quietness. Double that and you’re going somewhere.