The US intends to surround China with precision missiles. Washington plans to build a missile network along the “first chain of islands” in the Pacific Ocean. This is written by the magazine Nikkei Asia.
The extensive military program will cost U.S. taxpayers $27.4 billion. It is part of the “Pacific Deterrence Initiative, which the U.S. Military Command sent to Congress for consideration.
The Americans want to deploy precision-guided rocket launchers along the first chain of islands – it consists of Taiwan, Okinawa and the Philippines. It is this chain that Beijing sees as the first line of its defense.
Washington also wants to deploy missiles in Japan, South Korea and create a missile defense system near China. The armed forces will be placed in such a way as to “conduct combat operations for long periods of time.”
Admiral Philip Davidson, head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Military Command, said China could try to change the status quo in the region, such as Taiwan. Washington’s goal is to counter this and prevent Beijing’s military superiority in the region.
The U.S. ally Japan is also in favor of deploying missiles.
A network of missiles opposing China in the Indo-Pacific region “would be a plus for Japan,” a senior Japanese government official said.
Japan’s decision to host U.S. missiles is likely to anger China, and Tokyo is likely to face opposition protests. There may be problems with the budget. The Japanese will have to pay for missile maintenance and other costs.
The U.S. military’s proposals will be followed by discussions with U.S. lawmakers and countries that will participate in their implementation. In the past, China has objected to U.S. attempts to deploy “anti-missile shields” in Allied countries, especially South Korea.
About 132,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in the Indo-Pacific region.
Earlier, it was reported that the expert named the likely outcome of the conflict between China and the United States.