Chinese ballistic missile tests in the South China Sea.
China launched suspected anti-ship ballistic missiles into a disputed area of the South China Sea during training exercises between June 29 and July 3.
- Washington will try to reassure allies and third countries of its commitment as a counterweight to China in the region.
- Ongoing militarisation will motivate the reinforcement of other claimant states’ positions.
- The missile tests will accelerate US development of similar ‘area denial’ capabilities with which to threaten China’s navy.