Serbia on April 20 publicly displayed a recently delivered Chinese anti-aircraft missile system, raising concerns in the West and among some of Serbia’s neighbors that an arms buildup in the Balkans could threaten fragile peace in the region.
The sophisticated HQ-22 surface-to-air system was delivered recently by a dozen Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force Y-20 transport planes, in what was believed to be the largest-ever airlift delivery of Chinese arms to Europe.
The Chinese missile system has been widely compared to the American Patriot and the Russian S-300 surface-to-air missile systems, although it has a shorter range than more advanced S-300s. Serbia is the first operator of the Chinese missiles in Europe.
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