U.S. must beware China’s ‘Guam killer’ missile

Updated 9:43 AM EDT, Sun May 15, 2016
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U.S. bases in Guam are within range of new missile

Threat to Guam could embolden China elsewhere in Pacific

(CNN) —  

Capable of hitting targets 3,400 miles away, China’s “Guam killer” missile is raising new fears of a growing Chinese threat to major U.S. military installations and stability in the Pacific Rim.

A congressional panel has issued a report warning of the dangers of the missile, during a week in which U.S.-China tensions flared anew with a U.S. Navy destroyer sailing close to a Chinese-claimed island in the South China Sea.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission said this week that China’s DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile – dubbed by analysts the “Guam killer” and unveiled at a military parade in Beijing last September – allows China to bring unprecedented firepower to bear on the U.S. territory of Guam. The territory sits well within the missile’s range.

“Foremost among China’s military assets capable of reaching Guam, the DF-26 IRBM represents the culmination of decades of advancements to China’s conventional ballistic missile forces,” the commission’s report says.