Should America Fear China's "Carrier-Killer" Missile?

September 22, 2014 Topic: State of the Military Region: ChinaUnited States

Should America Fear China's "Carrier-Killer" Missile?

How worried should the U.S. Navy be when it comes to the much-discussed DF-21D? 

One implication of the development of this system is the need for establishing a reliable crisis hotline between the US and Chinese governments, along with norms about how leadership will handle such communication in a crisis setting. This may prove a tall order for a pair of governments that remain committed to the public position that war is extremely unlikely.

Editor’s Note: This article expands on the thoughts and ideas the author has published previously here.

Robert Farley is an assistant professor at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. His work includes military doctrine, national security, and maritime affairs. He blogs at Lawyers, Guns and Money and Information Dissemination and The Diplomat. Follow him on Twitter: @drfarls.

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