China Warns Washington Its Latest Missile Can Sink A US Aircraft Carrier

Tyler Durden's picture

China recently tested a new, advanced type of guided missile in the sea near the Korean peninsula, the Chinese defense ministry said Tuesday cited by the Times of India, just as South Korea concluded its presidential elections amid rising regional tensions. The test in the Bohai Sea was conducted to “raise the operational capability of the armed forces and effectively respond to threats to national security,” the ministry said in a brief statement. The statement did not say when the launch took place, only that it happened “recently”, nor did it give any details about the missile nor the type of platform from which it was launched.

The test came as China, the United States and the Koreas are locked in a diplomatic spat over Pyongyang’s missile launches and potential new nuclear tests. To deter any future launches, the US military recently deployed an anti-missile defesce system in South Korea to deter the North, which China sees as a threat to the regional security balance and its own ballistic missile capabilities. As reported previously, Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of North Korean missile tests, the installation of which prompted vigorous complaints by local South Koreans.

Last week, US Forces Korea said THAAD was now operational, with the ability to intercept North Korean missiles, prompting Beijing to demand the immediate suspension of the system’s deployment. A US defense official said, however, that the system had only “reached initial intercept capability”. This initial capability will be augmented later this year as additional hardware and components arrive to complete the system, officials said.

THAAD missile launcher

In any case, China's rising displeasure at the growing military ties between South Korea and the US manifested itself in the recent missile launches, because as China's Global Times stated all too clearly in an article overnight, "China’s latest missile test shows country can respond to aircraft carriers, THAAD." In other words, in addition to North Korea jawboning and threatening to blow up any strategic US asset in vicinity, as the NK ambassador told Sky News yesterday, now there's China too.

In an oped by Glbal Times' Deng Ziaoci, the author writes that China's successful test of a new type of guided missile in the Bohai Sea "killed two birds with one stone, experts told the Global Times, as the launch shows China can attack both aircraft carriers and the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system deployed in South Korea."

"To judge from the missile remains disclosed by media, it was a DF-26 that was tested recently, also known as the 'aircraft carrier killer' missile," Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to serve in the PLA Rocket Force, told the Global Times. "Considering the type of missile and the test location it is evident that we conducted a firing experiment targeting aircraft carriers, and the warhead possibly featured an electromagnetic pulse that could destroy a carrier's command system, as well as the THAAD system," Song noted.

When asked if the test's location in the Bohai Sea, close to the Korean Peninsula, could show that the test was specifically aimed at Seoul's THAAD deployment, Song said that this is unlikely as Bohai is China's usual weapons testing ground, unlike the South and East China Seas where experiments could be difficult as the waters contain various nations' Exclusive Economic Zones and international waters.

A statement from the Information Bureau of China's Ministry of National Defense on Tuesday confirmed that Chinese rocket forces tested a new type of missile in the Bohai Sea. The statement said the test was conducted in accordance with the annual training plan to "raise the operational capability of the armed forces and effectively respond to threats to national security," the statement said.

Translation: China just issued a stark warning to both the US and South Korea with one missile launch: bring your aircraft carriers too close, or launch the THAAD, and Beijing is ready.

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Cordeezy's picture

Aircraft carriers are useless in today's world



BullyBearish's picture

newport news found to have secretly funded design and production of china's new aircraft carrier missile...

Looney's picture


Dick-Measuring Contests are so 20-th century!

Today, they are replaced by Asshole-Measuring Contests.  ;-)


The_Juggernaut's picture

What's with China's inferiority complex?  They're always trying to compare themselves to the US or imagine they wouldn't get crushed ina fight.


edit to adress Looney's comment:  Dick measuring contests are still fine, but Asians for some reason prefer other methods.

Manthong's picture



Scratch one carrier…

Then scratch Guangzhou , Shanghai, Chongqing, Beijing and get rid of that irritating Shenzhen…

..sounds like an even trade to me.

PrayingMantis's picture


... lumbering giant aircraft carriers as missile targets would be as fast as a three-toed sloth on steroids holding a solar-powered umbrella on one hand to protect itself and a gas-powered bike headlight on the other to see where it's going ...

... sorry, I just had my tea ;) ... what I meant to write was, slow-moving aircraft carriers would be the easiest target for a squinting half-asleep Chinese missile operator ...


ThaBigPerm's picture

My understanding is that they've been working on a terminally-guidable precision ballistic missile ... capable of hitting a mobile island with an airport anywhere in the world.

NoPension's picture

China spending their money on non mobile islands with airports. They are invisible.

Stuck on Zero's picture

Carriers are not useless. When an Admirable sashays into a port with one of those things it's an incredible alpha male statement. It's kind of like arriving at a rave in a 40 foot long gold plated limo.

Déjà view's picture

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Chinese workers take to streets...Politburo turmoil as blame game begins...

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whatsupdoc's picture


You forgot a number of cities on the West Coast and East Coast of mainland USA ...


Manthong's picture

Two things

-The last place I would want to be in a hot nuclear war (or limited nuclear engagement... ha ha ha) is an aircraft carrier

-West and East coasts?

Aren’t there mostly Democrats there?


Manthong's picture



Aircraft carriers are for force projection directed against non-nuclear powers.

They are useless tools against adversaries with sophisticated anti-ship capabilities and ICBMs.

They may have some utility against insane governments with limited nuclear capacity, but there will be a hell of a price to pay one way or the other.

East Indian's picture

In short, against Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, etc, right? But not against Russia, China, etc, right?

Manthong's picture

You got it.

Consider Russia does not have a large navy because it does not practice force projection against anybody, but the Russians have just enough to deploy if their vital interests are threatened.

The US and NATO however, need all kinds of stuff because pissing all over the place is their standard foreign policy.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

-The last place I would want to be in a hot nuclear war
Is on the third smoldering rock from the sun.

Ajax-1's picture

Amen. Coastal US cities are expendable. Just for good measure, so is Shitcago, Detroit, St. Louis and Minneapolis.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Unlike carpet bombing of WWII where only that city was reduced to Flintstone existence everyone everywhere will be effected. I would beg to differ there's plenty of ZH people who live in these proximities that disagree with your center of the country is safe and the best place to be and the heck with the rest of you and your families.

NoPension's picture

Pussies downvoting you. They just hate any US power. 

Go ahead , you fucking slopes. Sink a carrier..then kiss your existence away.

Fucking with Eltrumpo or Mattis.  

And you assholes who can't stand being number one, in a world where only that matters..fuck you too.

Manthong's picture

I guess some straight-laced folks just do not appreciate enhanced, fortified, X-treme sarc.

koncaswatch's picture

 "force projection" =  bullying. 100% correct, with or without sarc.

NoPension's picture

If the US and NATO backed down and minimized. Stopped projecting force around the world. Live and let live, as it were.......

Who here thinks the vacumn of power WILL NOT BE FILLED?
By something or someone probably worse ( but why find out?)

Go ahead, Brain Trust. Answer that.

This should be good...and very revealing.

The US this...NATO that.. you people are living on unicorn farts.

That's pretty much why you are just ignored. You're idiots, living in a self constructed dream world. For some fucking unexplained never had survival of the fittest drummed into your pea brains.

Juggernaut x2's picture

Without the Chinks buying US Treasuries we wouldn't be able to financially support 13 carrier groups, dummy.

NoPension's picture

Like any of that " money" is real.

Dollars keep get created out of thin air...and people the world over keep taking them for real shit.


peopledontwanttruth's picture

All magic acts come to an end or people figure out the act and no one shows up for it.

peopledontwanttruth's picture

Without Americans buying worthless plastic trinkets and inferior appliances and lawn mowers and everything on Walmart shelves and every other retailers shelves, China would have 1.2 Billion screaming starving Chinese.

man from glad's picture

I guess they don't care that their territorial waters would be full of radiation from the sunk carriers? 

peopledontwanttruth's picture

All these missles, ICBMs, defense systems, and everything else they all say can and will do will come down to something like a boxing match. Some "punches" will get through and some will be blocked, some will be like the Tomahawks that were wid punches. Whoever throws the most "would" probably win, but if everyone starts swinging for the fences. I see all fighters going down like Rocky and Apolla Creed in the first movie at the same time. Except this time no one stumbles to the ropes to hold their hands in the air. If everything is thrown at one time it would be better to drive straight to the point of the blast area. The temporary survivors would dream of a quick death.

jaxville's picture

....followed quickly by a scratching of Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco....

11b40's picture

Enjoy your nuclear winter.

Reverend.Pajama.Pants's picture

That's why the Chinese want those islands so very badly. Air superiority over their coastal cities. Once they have that, there's no question the Chinese would win any war with America (or Europe or Russia). Their industrial base is overwhelmingly greater.

Battlefield USA's picture

How cute. Did you type that with one hand, and the other on your crotch, gyrating your loins in orgasmic adulation, while chanting... U.S.A. Bigly! U.S.A. Bigly! U.S.A. Bigly!


Because, how dare another country have any superiority against the Globalist Magic Unicorn Rainbow Fart Utopian Inc., spreading peace and love throughout the planet.

Croesus's picture

@ Looney:

Asshole-measuring, huh? That explains why Ryan, McCain, Schumer, The Clintons, etc. Just don't ever go away.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Nothing like showing your wee-wee to impress the ladies.

Consuelo's picture





Good 'ole Billy Jeff wrote the book on that shit 25 years ago...

- Wen Ho Lee

- John Huang

- Johnny Chung

- Los Alamos laptops

- Loral space missile guidance gyroscopes

- Lincoln bedroom

- W88


And Gawd only knows how many Chinese front-companies set up shop here Stateside since that time, lifting & pilfering anything and everything design, capability and characteristics galore...  

Mr. Magoo's picture

No surprise there. Just like the U.S was responsible to build up the Japanese, German and Iraqi military only later to take them down to make more profit from war

RafterManFMJ's picture


Aircraft carriers are very useful for pounding the pig shit out of 3rd world countries.

aliens is here's picture

Yes, like Libya, Syria and Yemen.

ThirdWorldDude's picture

... and Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Yugoslavia, Grenada, Panama...

Savyindallas's picture

They would even be useful (and likeley not in danger) if we chose to invade Mexico for refusing to pay for the wall.

MrPalladium's picture

The Aircraft carrier is analogous to Gerneral Pershings horse cavalry kept alive after WWI. The carrier is only effective against nations with primitive military capabilities. It is a WWII weapon which fancy new technology cannot save. It can be overwhelmed by ordinance that is sophisticated and cheap relative to the cost of a carrier group. In the event of a real war it is "Carrier, meet ocean floor!"

booboo's picture

The Soviets used the calvalry to over run the germans during WW2 in a few instances. We will see it again in the United States when we are using rocks and sticks during WW4

peopledontwanttruth's picture

The soviets had time and weather on their side with an arrogant madman running the other side. At that point it wasn't hard to beat a frozen starving soldier who was left on his own without much ammo.
The lunatic in Berlin underestimated his enemy and over exaggerated his own ability.
It will happen again.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Judging from the average low-brow, double digit IQ Amerikan, who seem to revel in the concept of killing the citizens of other nations in the world, perhaps their bloodlust can be satiated when 7,000 US Navy personnel are sent to Davey Jones' locker.

On the other hand, if China or Russia begins sinking US aircraft carriers, Trump is probably insane enough to immediately take us all to Defcon 1.


post turtle saver's picture

you're wrong, because there is no end or limit to our bloodlust...

Reverend.Pajama.Pants's picture

Nah man, no one's going to try to start a nuclear war over a fancy boat getting sunk. I'm pretty sure if Trump (or Clinton if she'd been elected, or even Putin for that matter) ordered a nuclear first strike, the generals would very promptly find a way to remove him from command.

The nuclear deterrent is just that - a deterrent. It's profoundly useless as an offensive or defensive weapon. Remember: no one wins a nuclear war.


NoPension's picture

So Russia and China are superior warriors, because they only have one  between them.

post turtle saver's picture

there are lots of missiles out there that can sink a US aircraft carrier and they've been available for decades... what's your point, China... we still build them and steam them up and down the seas in your area whenever the fuck we feel like it... so put up or shut up... just remember, do what you feel but be ready to finish what you start...