The US-American McCampbell USS McCampbell mission, mooted on China Central Television's use of ballistic missiles DF-26 in China's remote northwestern plateau, was steamed the day before near the Paracel Islands
The 1.3 million square kilometer South China Sea has experienced increasing tension in recent years, with China aggressively enforcing its involvement in the face of conflicting claims by several Southeast Asian nations.
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China accuses the US of invading its territorial waters.
"The US action violated Chinese laws and international laws, violated China's sovereignty, damaged regional peace, security and order." Foreign Minister Lu Kang said on Monday. "China will take the necessary measures to protect the sovereignty of the state."
Citing one Anonymous experts told the Global Times that the mobilization of DF-26 missiles was "a good reminder that China is able to protect its territory."
Beijing has built fortresses on embattled islands, landed long-range bombers, and last year President Xi Jinping claimed that the area had been Chinese territory since "ancient times," and overseen China's largest naval parade of all time.
The DF-26 missile system was deployed last April by the People's Liberation Army missile forces. It was unveiled in 2015 during a military parade in Beijing.
"Especially among China's military assets that can reach Guam, the DF-26 IRBM is the culmination of decades of progress over China's conventional ballistic missile forces," 2016 US Economic and Security Review Commission report:
According to a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies missile defense project, there could be an anti-ship version of the DF-26 in China – and maybe even tested in 2017.
Military analyst Carl Schuster, a former operations director of the US Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Center, doubted the DF-26 could be used as a missile defense weapon. To do that effectively, practices and tactics that China had not shown would need to be practiced.
"Remember that the Soviet Union has never successfully developed an Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile (ASBM), and no country in the West has one." Schuster said.
Reports of its use are likely to show domestic Chinese audiences that Beijing has the will and ability to defend its claims in the South China Sea, he said.
Tuesday's Global Times Report cites an unnamed expert. The DF-26 had been stationed in northwestern China, as he was protected in this area from enemy missile defense forces.
Despite Chinese warnings, the US should not stop denying Beijing's claims in the South China Sea.
Washington says China's construction and fortress of artificial islands lay trillions of dollars in trade, travel and communications under Beijing's thumbs.
"The Trump government will not withdraw in the face of the Chinese press," said Malcolm Davis, a senior defense strategy and capability analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute in Canberra, told CNN in December.
Any US withdrawal would severely undermine "the credibility of the US" and encourage the Chinese to be more confident and bold, "he added.
The McCampbell's" Freedom of Navigation "operation on Monday was the first The US Navy of 2019. Analysts said that the US performed about every eight weeks last year.
One collision between a US destroyer, the USS Decatur, and the US Navy, occurred in September Lanzhou, Lanzhou.
The two ships were less than forty-five feet apart near the embattled Spratly Islands, with the US Navy at that time saying that the Chinese warship was "a series of increasingly aggressive maneuvers with declarations for Decatur
After the incident, some commentators from Beijing called on China's navy should go further.
"When a US warship renews When illegally invading Chinese territorial waters, two Chinese warships should be sent out, one to stop it and the other to stop and sink it, said Dai Xu, president of the Chinese Maritime Safety and Maritime Safety Institute Article cited on the English-language website of the Chinese military.
Meanwhile, in 2019 President Xi had allegedly begun to empower the country's military to intensify the hostilities.
At a meeting of the Central Military Commission in Beijing on January 4, Xi said the PLA should "improve the command capability of joint operations, promote new combat troops, and improve military training under combat conditions," said A State Media Report.