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China launches two missiles after intercepting American spy plane

Rockets were a clear warning to Washington

Alleged violation of the airspace by an American spy plane in China had immediate consequences. Beijing assumed the presence of a Lockheed U-2 near the South China Sea and decided to launch two missiles as a warning against United States. As reported by media of the Asian country, they were one DF-26B medium-range ballistic rocket and another DF-21D medium-range ballistic missile, the first launched from the Qinqhai area and the second from the Zhejiang one.

In the last few hours, this country underlined the serious interference of the aircraft, which would have compromised Chinese operations at sea. Provocation is answered with another provocation: this could be the summary of the latest episode of the growing tensions between Beijing and Washington. The missile that has been described with greater emphasis by the Chinese newspapers is the DF-26B, nicknamed "aircraft carrier killer": it manages to hit moving targets at sea and has a range of about 4500 kilometers, therefore able to reach the Indian Ocean and American facilities stationed in Guam.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency
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