CHINA: Digging the Silos

When orbiting satellites recently transmitted a batch of aerial photographs of China, U.S. intelligence experts quickly detected something new. A number of small holes showed up on the photos, and the analysts figured that they were almost surely "soft" sites for missiles. Their conclusion: Peking is ready to begin deploying medium-range ballistic missiles.

There is no solid evidence that any missiles have actually been placed on launchers. Nonetheless, if Pentagon forecasts prove correct, Peking could have a force of 80 to 100 MRBMs, with ranges of 1,000 or more miles and 20-kiloton...

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