Washington Times on October 3, 2013, reported that China announced last week that its army now has the capability to strike anywhere in the Western Pacific, including Japan, Southeast Asia and Australia. Excerpts below:
The announcement was made by the Communist Party-run Global Times newspaper on Sept. 25, highlighting the completion of the second phase of the Beidou satellite positioning and weapons guidance system.
“Right now, the coverage of our Beidou second-phase operation includes the entire Western Pacific and the key nations in the region,” the Global Times reported. “All areas stretching from the First Island Chain to the Second Island Chain are under the cover of China’s satellite signals, which makes China capable of launching precision strikes against any nation in the region.”
Many of these weapons are traditional gravity bombs that have been upgraded with precision guidance kits.
“China’s military can give necessary responses to situations occurring around China’s periphery with its aircraft, land-based missile launchers, surface warships, and submarines,” the Global Times said.