Inside the Ring: China’s New Long-Range Missile

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missiles / Getty Images

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Amid growing fears of North Korean nuclear missile threats, China recently showed off a new and more lethal long-range nuclear missile of its own.

The DF-31AG, a variant of the DF-31 road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), was unveiled July 30 during the annual military parade marking the founding of the People’s Liberation Army.

Chinese state-run television’s broadcast of the parade showed at least 16 of the new DF-31AGs during a parade in Zhurihe near a combat training base in northern China.

Read the entire article at the Washington Times.

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