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
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 the creation of these bunkers by China. The Chinese military is strengthening their 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 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 carry conventional weapons but also dangerous nuclear weapons.
Patrick Cronin is chairman of an Asia-Pacific security program. He has a similar opinion about rapid Chinese influence about 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 of the world I.e. DF-26 and DF-21, imposing risk of possible attack anytime 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 are dependent on assistance provided by the US military. 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 have collaborated 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 the Beijing strategies.
Actions by Japan
China and Japan are having some disputes near the Senkaku islands. Keeping that in mind, Japan has deployed Type 12 anti-ship missiles earlier of the range 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 500kms. 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 is mainly focusing on anti-ship missiles on a priority basis.
Australian defense actions
Australia has an open eye to consequences happening, 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 hypersonic anti-ship missiles of the long-range, also known as LRSAM.
Actions by Indian defense organizations
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.
Indian 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 400kms.
South Korea in action
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 of setting up Hyunmoo-2B missiles in submarines in the near future.
Final words about our discussion of how Asia is entering a dangerous rocket race
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 over the Chinese military.
Keeping all the above steps in mind, it would not be feasible for China to take aggressive action on any neighboring country. However, increasing missile capabilities are 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.