Analysis: China's Growing Missile Arsenal Challenges US Freedom of Operation

China's National Day Parade on 1 October featured more than 15,000 service personnel, more than 160 aircraft, and 580 pieces of equipment in a spectacular display of modern military power. The leadership of the Communist Party of China and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will be very satisfied with the event, but what did it tell the rest of the...

China's National Day Parade on 1 October featured more than 15,000 service personnel, more than 160 aircraft, and 580 pieces of equipment in a spectacular display of modern military power. The leadership of the Communist Party of China and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) will be very satisfied with the event, but what did it tell the rest of the world?

The parade culminated with the display of several of China's strategic nuclear weapons: the DF-5B, JL-2, DF-31AG, and DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Although China's nuclear arsenal is far smaller than those of Russia and the United States, it has grown significantly.

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