DF-15 launch - China Tests New, Longer-Range Missile
Inside The Ring
August 15, 2003
China's military test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile last weekend as part of its growing missile buildup.
The DF-15 missile was launched from a military facility near Shuangchenzi,
in the remote northern Gansu province. It was tracked by U.S. intelligence to
an impact area in northwestern Xinjiang province.
A Pentagon report made public last month stated that China is developing a
medium-range missile that will give Beijing the capability of attacking the
25,000 U.S. troops on Okinawa.
The new medium-range missiles also could hit Taiwan from areas farther from
The medium-range missile buildup undermines an offer made to President Bush
last year by Chinese President Jiang Zemen that China is willing to negotiate
the withdrawal of the 450 short-range missiles now aimed at Taiwan.
China test-fired a new CSS-7 last month, also around the Shuangchenzi testing facility, which is near the Gobi Desert.