The United States and China are two world powers. Power struggle is going on between the two countries. The US-China rivalry is having an impact in Asia. Smaller Asian countries are now engaged in fierce arms races. They are enriching long-range missiles. In this case, they are either buying missiles from others or producing them themselves. They are doing this for their own security because of China’s dominance in Asia. There is also the issue of reducing dependency on the United States. That’s according to a Reuters analysis on Tuesday.
Reuters says China is heavily developing DF-27 missiles. This versatile weapon is capable of hitting targets at a distance of four thousand kilometers. On the other hand, the United States is also developing new weapons to compete with China in the Pacific.
Citing some unpublished military documents from 2021, Reuters reported that the US Indo-Pacific Command is planning to deploy new state-of-the-art long-range missiles in the region, which would include China and Russia.
These new US missiles include long-range hypersonic missiles. These are known as LRHWs. This missile, which is 5 times faster than sound, can hit a target at a distance of 2,075 km.
A spokesman for the US Indo-Pacific Command told Reuters that no decision had been made on where the missiles would be deployed. US allies in the region are hesitant to deploy these weapons. However, if the LRHW is located in the Pacific island of Guam in the United States, it will not be able to hit mainland China.
Sources say there are more than 54,000 US troops in Japan. If Tokyo allows Washington to deploy its new missiles, the United States may have to withdraw some troops from Japan.
However, analysts say that if the United States is allowed to deploy missiles, Japan may face a strong response from China.
In the face of such power struggles between the United States and China, small Asian countries are enriching their arsenals for their own security.
Australia has recently announced that it will spend 100 billion over the next 20 years to build modern missiles.
Japan is also spending millions of dollars to build missiles. They are building a new missile. This missile can hit a target at a distance of one thousand kilometers.
Among US allies, South Korea is at the forefront of missile enrichment. They have increased the production of the Hunmu-4 missile. The missile has a range of 600 km. In other words, these missiles can easily hit China.
South Korea is competing in missiles with its neighbor North Korea. North Korea recently tested a modern version of its KN-23 missile. Analysts believe the missile was built to compete with South Korea’s Hunmu-4.
Taiwan’s tensions with China have intensified in recent times. They are widely known to be making weapons. Taiwan has not publicly announced the missile project. However, officials said that they are making various types of cruise missiles. These are said to be able to hit the Chinese capital Beijing. In addition, last December, they received approval from the United States to buy short-range missiles.
According to a diplomatic source, the main goal of Taiwan’s armed forces for so long has been to protect itself from Chinese aggression. But now the aggressive attitude among them is going to be noticed.
Zhao Tong, a Beijing-based strategic security expert, said the United States would increase its ability to hit long-range targets with its allies, increasing the risk of their involvement in regional conflicts.
Analysts, diplomats and military officials predict that by the end of this decade, Asia will be filled with more deadly missiles than ever before.
David Santoro, president of the Pacific Forum, said the image of missiles in Asia is changing rapidly. What its impact will be in the long run is still uncertain. As a result, tensions in the region are slim.
The president of the Pacific Forum said the proliferation of missiles could increase suspicion, tension and arms race among Asian countries. This can lead to crisis. Even war can be fought.