Rumored PLA deployment of DF-17 hypersonic missiles near Taiwan Straits could deter US meddling in China’s internal affairs: analysts

October 19, 2020

Global Times:


The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has deployed its most advanced hypersonic missile, the DF-17, to the Chinese mainland’s southeast coast near the island of Taiwan, Hong Kong media reported on Sunday, sparking fear on the island. Although the reports are merely speculation, the PLA missile that is impossible to be intercepted can effectively deter Taiwan secessionists, control the Taiwan Straits and keep foreign interventions away, Chinese mainland analysts said on Sunday.

Citing an anonymous source, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said on Sunday that the PLA has deployed DF-17 missiles to the area that would gradually replace the older DF-11 and DF-15 missiles, which have shorter ranges and less accuracy.

The DF-17 has a maximum range of 2,500 kilometers, the report said…


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