Asia is in a Dangerous Rocket Race. How It Will Impact the Future?

Asia is Entering a Dangerous Rocket Race!

China is producing a massive number of missiles to create influence over its neighbors as a world leader. Countries in the Asian region are getting insecure and trying to expand their stock of high-range missiles every year.

In this post, we will discuss the concerns about Beijing’s increasing range of missiles. This expansion by China creates fear among neighboring countries. Gradually, Asia is entering a dangerous rocket race.

Top concerns about China

Asia is in a Dangerous Rocket Race. How It Will Impact the Future?
YJ-62 Missilile

Images found from satellite produced a report about the Chinese government developing 230 more bunkers for ballistic missiles. These ballistic missiles can carry intercontinental nuclear weapons with a range to reach the USA. 

However, no one knows the reason behind China’s creation of these bunkers. The Chinese military is strengthening its war zone capabilities for sure. Many defense experts and analysts warn that it could be the start of missile collection contests in Asian countries, which would result in the stockpiling of missiles of different ranges.

These global reports about China provoke Asian countries to develop their missiles to increase their range of attacks. These long-range missiles are not only limited to carrying conventional weapons but also dangerous nuclear weapons.

Patrick Cronin is chairman of an Asia-Pacific security program. He has a similar opinion about the rapid Chinese influence in expanding their missiles capabilities. 

According to Mr. Patrick, Beijing is the reason for the acceleration in the Asian rocket race. He also adds about countries like Australia, Japan, India, South Korea, and the US that are all having threats from the strategies of Beijing. These countries are targeting to counter the impact of Beijing.

Missiles used by the largest military in the world, I.e., DF-26 and DF-21, impose the risk of possible attack time on buffer zones. Nations like the US and Australia are willing to secure countries that they consider advantageous. 

Chinese defense forces have developed almost all ranges of missiles to attack top influential countries. It becomes urgent for neighbors to construct their defensive and attacking plans and capacities to tackle situations in need.

America and its Allies

Past years have proven that America is very reliable on the grounds of empowering its friend nations. Countries like South Korea and Japan depend on the assistance the US military provides. But those moments can not be neglected when the US presented uncertainty in prompt security commitments. 

This is the reason countries do not want to be solely dependent on a single country. They want to collaborate with diverse nations to build their security system flowing smoothly. Few of them are developing their missiles considering the risk situation backup.

An increasing number of missiles in various countries 

Countries are deploying newly acquired weapons in response to Chinese missile development at disputed places. Let’s see what steps neighboring countries are taking to counter Beijing’s strategies.

Actions by Japan

Asia is in a Dangerous Rocket Race. How It Will Impact the Future?
Type 12 Anti-Ship Missile

China and Japan are having some disputes near the Senkaku islands. Keeping that in mind, Japan deployed Type 12 anti-ship missiles earlier with a range of 200 km, but now they have increased the range up to 900 km. 

Japan has a target of 1000 km to deal with this dispute and possible threat to their territory. Japan has also set up multiple missiles near Taiwan in the Ryukyu Islands.

Tokyo is planning to create and deploy two hypersonic weapons by 2026. These hypersonic weapons would have solid-fuel rockets with a range of more than 500 km. These underwater rockets would be easily able to penetrate the enemy ships.

In recent media announcements, Japan has proposed its will to have more missiles of high range. However, Japan mainly focuses on anti-ship missiles on a priority basis.

Australian defense actions 

Australia has an open eye to the consequences, and countries are making efforts to increase their impact. The Prime Minister of Australia is planning to possess high-range missile capabilities to strike over the ground and waters.

Australia is investing more than one billion USD to increase its missile capabilities. They are purchasing a stockpile of 200 long-range missiles from the USA. Australia is also consulting with the US to develop its long-range hypersonic anti-ship missiles, also known as LRSAM.

Actions by Indian defense organizations

Asia is in a Dangerous Rocket Race. How It Will Impact the Future?
Brahmos Cruise Missile

India is putting continuous efforts in the direction of missile arsenal development. New Delhi has ordered to have modern long-range missiles to secure its air-space and waters. Indian have also developed missiles that would be easy to launch through nuclear submarines.

India has researched an upgraded version of the Brahmos cruise missile, which would be hypersonic. The Nation has plans to increase its Brahmos missile range up to 800 km, which was earlier 400 km.

South Korea in action

Asia is in a Dangerous Rocket Race. How It Will Impact the Future?
Hyunmoo-2B Missile System

South Korea has proposed an agreement to increase the range of South Korean missiles. After a successful deal with the US, Seoul would expand its missile range from 300 to 800 km.

According to recent news, Seoul has tested a missile using a submarine for the very first time in history. South Korea has plans to set up Hyunmoo-2B missiles in submarines in the near future.

Conclusion

The USA and its allies can easily counter having such a vast number of missiles and submarines deployed in the Indo-Pacific region. These massive forces collectively strengthen the counterattack’s ability to create pressure on the Chinese military.

Keeping all the above steps in mind, it would not be feasible for China to take aggressive action against any neighboring country. However, increasing missile capabilities is one parameter of countering Beijing, but experts advise governments to maintain deterrence and refrain from aggressive actions.

We can easily conclude that the rapid acquisition and development of missiles is leading Asia in a dangerous rocket race as this is not a country-specific race so this race is going so rapidly collectively.