CHINA: New Member

An ICBM commands respect

China joined the exclusive club of ICBM powers last week. Two unarmed Long March 3 missiles lifted off from the remote Xinjiang region and traveled some 6,000 miles to a target zone near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific. There, a flotilla of 18 Chinese tracking ships was joined by kibitzing vessels from the U.S., the U.S.S.R., France, New Zealand and Australia. The observers took note of the successful splashdowns with a healthy respect.

The needle-nosed, liquid-propelled rocket—known in the West as the CSS-X-4, for China surface-to-surface experimental No. 4—is relatively crude. But it showed that China...

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