March 22, 2017

Chinese missile-test sites appear to mirror US bases in Japan

By CDR Thomas Shugart, USN

Source: Stars and Stripes

Journalist(s) Seth Robson, Leon Cook

As worrisome as North Korea’s missile capability has become, defense experts say China is a more potent threat to U.S. interests in Asia, with Beijing capable of showering bases in Japan with missiles and leaving U.S. forces little time to react.

Google Earth images showing Chinese missile test sites on the edge of the Gobi Desert side by side with U.S. facilities in Japan were included in a recent “War on the Rocks” report by Navy Cmdr. Thomas Shugart, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

The analysis, which focuses on the People’s Liberation Army’s missile force and the threat it poses to U.S. installations, personnel and equipment in the Western Pacific, says U.S. forces would have almost no time to react to incoming Chinese missiles.

Read the full article at Stars and Stripes.

  • CDR Thomas Shugart, USN