China confirms new intercontinental ballistic missile

China confirms new intercontinental ballistic missile

Fri Aug 1, 2014 5:26PM GMT

China has confirmed the existence of a new long-range ballistic missile in the country, a media report says.

A military facility in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province has been working on the new Dongfeng-41 (DF-41) intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), the state-run Global Times said Friday, citing a government report.

The statement marks the first official confirmation by China with regard to the existence of the DF-41.

The missile is designed to carry “multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles,” the US Defense Department confirmed.

According to a report by Jane’s Strategic Weapon Systems, the DF-41 has a range of 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles), ranking it among the world’s longest-range missiles.

The Pentagon has said the US might be losing its military power in areas such as fighter jets, missile systems and cyber warfare in the coming years.

This is while China has blamed the United States for fueling tensions in Eastern Asia by instigating the regional countries to engage in dangerous military acts as pressure continues to rise over territorial claims in the South and East China seas.

America’s efforts to increase its presence in the region could be aimed at threatening China. Beijing has already demanded that Washington stay out of regional disputes.

Amid US interference in the row, Beijing says the South China Sea belongs to the country, while other countries, including the Philippines, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei Darussalam, also have claims to the area and are in dispute with China.

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