China says its anti-ship ballistic missile can sink U.S. aircraft carriers

China's anti-carrier ballistic missile

The Chinese Communist Party is determined to provoke the United States.

A few days ago, China’s state media boasted that Chinese nuclear subs can attack cities on America’s west and east coasts.

Now we’re finding out that at the same time as China was making that threat, on November 2, 2013, Huanqiu (环球网 or Global Network), the Chinese-language edition of Global Times, published an article titled “China’s Anti-ship Missile Has the Capability to Sink U.S. Aircraft Carriers.”


Note: Huanqiu clearly is a Chinese government publication. From Huanqiu‘s Introduction or About page:

“ was established in November 2007 under the approval of People’s Daily and the [Chinese government’s] State Council Information Office, with investments from both and Global Times.”


In the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis, China’s People’s Liberation Army felt threatened by the U.S. aircraft carrier battle groups and became resolved to study how it would deal with the U.S. military’s involvement in a future war. An important part of the research has focused on how to combat U.S. carrier battle groups.

The Huanqiu article openly views the United States as a potential enemy in a future war and proudly introduces China’s DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile, a “carrier killer” that can hit aircraft carriers 2,000 kilometers away. (DF = Dongfeng or East Wind)

The article then says that the United States has “deeply researched” China’s development of anti-ship ballistic missiles. That U.S. research is summarized as a chronological series, beginning with the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis in which China first deployed in combat its DF 21A, as well as launched DF15 ballistic missiles at offshore Taiwan.

The chronology ends with, in 2009, the U.S. Navy Intelligence Bureau confirming that Chinese anti-ship ballistic missiles were nearly combat-ready; and in 2010, when U.S. Pacific Command’s Admiral Willard said in an interview with Japan’s Asahi Shimbun, that China already has a ballistic missile “initial operational capability.”

The article is accompanied with a slide show, with text. One of the slides is titled “Western media estimates of the range of China’s anti-carrier ballistic guided missiles” (click image to enlarge):

China ballistic missile

H/t ChinaScope and CODA’s Sol Sanders.


9 responses to “China says its anti-ship ballistic missile can sink U.S. aircraft carriers

  1. Trash-talking, it’s not just at the pre-game of a WWE match (although I’d caution them about hubris)…


  2. And who do we have to thank for China’s rapid technological advances in missile development? None other than Bill Clinton, who received huge bribe money from the “Peoples Liberation Army” to fund his campaign for president!

    Clinton crossed the line into high treason all the way back in the 1990s. Thanks to his corrupt regime, China was able to purchase the exact technology they are threatening us with today.

    Think Hillary would make a better president than Barry? Better think again.


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  4. incredible post. China is arrogant because we are such a huge debtor of their country. Their threats must be treated with caution; we cannot assume that they are just “trash talking.”


  5. The way the Yanks carry on that they always designed the items, and China always stole it? America has not even got the same class missile? And if one does a qick comparison to the mobile launch system, most likely Russian. Oh but then again Russia stole the design from the USA . . .
    Get real. Probably like the new F35 stealth plane, Amrican? But Brittan also invested into the design and development? NOT American!!!! Be concerned China is perfecting the designs no matter where they came from.


    • The Chinese steal information from whoever they can, including the US, UK, Russia and anybody else that has technology they want. Clinton did give them information that they wanted, but IIRC it was not info specifically for ASBM. I was out of the tech loop by the Clinton administration so I have to rely on press reports and other open source stuff.

      Cockburn is spouting the typical anti-US propaganda line favored by European “intellectuals.” The original article does not claim that the Chinese stole US technology to build its ASBM, just that USN is concerned (rightfully) about the threat to carriers.

      On the tactical side. aiming a ballistic missile at a point in the sea is no more difficult than aiming it at a point on land. Putting a terminal guidance system in the warhead is also quite feasible. The trick is getting the warhead to the area where a carrier group is maneuvering and picking out the carrier from the other ships in the task force. A carrier group at sea in wartime is going to be moving at somewhere between 15 and 30 knots and changing direction at random intervals and directions unless the commander is a total fool. A good commander will also change the position of the carrier within the group so the technique of aiming at the ship in the center of the group and expecting that to be the carrier won’t work.

      Additionally, an ASBM warhead needs to gather information to find and hit a moving target. That means it must have a means of receiving data. This can be used to misdirect, jam or even destroy the warhead before it can find and hit a target. There are countermeasures that can do all of the above.

      As far as British involvement in US weapons programs, This is not exactly brand new information. US and UK have cooperated in weapons research since the 1940’s. Even the atom bomb was a joint US/UK venture.


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