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South China Sea missiles will spur military build-up

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Subject

Chinese ballistic missile tests in the South China Sea.

Significance

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.

Impacts

  • 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.
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