Strategic Weapons: June 23, 2001


China has displayed a new mobile transporter-launcher for its DF-31 intercontinental missiles. This appears to be a copy of the Russian 12x12 vehicle used to move SS-20 Sabers. The Chinese made a point of displaying the launchers; analysts are convinced this was a message to the US that China will develop forces that maintain a plausible deterrent.--Stephen V Cole




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