The ballistic missile the Jin launched was probably a JP-2 Giant Wave, China’s latest. It is thought to have multiple warheads and a range of 5,000 miles. Leaping out of the ocean near Catalina, it traveled northwest and was destroyed in flight over the Pacific. Or it fell into the far western Pacific or a missile range inside China.
Why would the Peoples Republic of China do such a thing? Two reasons come to mind.
First, the Chinese government has made serious objections to U.S. warships in the South China Sea, international waters China claims are its own. What could drive the point home better than a Chinese warship in American waters? Senior Chinese officers also make blunt threats now, like Colonel Meng Xianging who promised a “hand to hand fight with the US” within ten years, “when we are strong enough.” And Major General Yang Yi, who said, “We must make them hurt.” He meant the United States.
Second, the missile launch took place just before President Obama was to meet with his Chinese counterpart in Seoul. He would have known about it as he shook hands with the chief Chinese communist.
China groped us. And if President Obama still does not understand what else the Chinese promise to do, he should look at the faces of sailors he reviewed in Beijing. They clearly intend to grope us. Again.
Chet Nagle is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the author of IRAN COVENANT.