Beijing: Huge ballistic missiles are shown soaring into the sky, leaving a trail of smoke and debris in their wake in the images released by the People’s Liberation Army Daily (PLAD).
The state-run paper for the country’s armed forces said DF-11 and DF-16 mobile launched missiles had been tested by Beijing at an undisclosed location.
These missiles have a range of up to 620 miles, PLAD reported, putting most of Asia within reach if launched from the Chinese mainland.
However, the South China Post warned Beijing could theoretically strike anywhere on the planet due to the mobile nature of the missiles – which can also carry up to three nuclear warheads.
The Hong Kong-based paper said: “The DF-16, first unveiled to the public in 2015, can travel about 625 miles and has been reported to be as accurate as a cruise missile, Chinese military observers have said.
“The mobile-launched ballistic missiles could theoretically be launched from anywhere on China’s mainland, one of China’s missile shelters in the South China Sea, or even an aircraft carrier.”
Particularly at risk was the US Marine Corps base at Okinawa, Japan. It comes after China’s president Xi Jinping told soldiers they must be “always ready to fight”.