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China – China’s New Missile Fields Are Just Part of the PLA Rocket Force’s Growth (Defense One)

Missile launchers of the People's Liberation Army Rocket Force on display in Beijing.

Missile launchers of the People’s Liberation Army Rocket Force on display in Beijing. GETTY IMAGES

Ma Xiu and P.W. Singer

In recent weeks, the discovery of two large clusters of ballistic missile silos in western China forced observers to dramatically increase their estimates of China’s number of ICBM silos and even rethink beliefs about Beijing’s nuclear strategy. But this dramatic imagery—notably, captured by commercial satellites—is only the most visible part of a larger growth.

China’s New Missile Fields Are Just Part of the PLA Rocket Force’s Growth – Defense One