外文标题：China test fires 10,000-km range nuclear missile
BEIJING: China has flight tested an upgraded version of its 10,000-km range Dongfeng missile which can reach most of the US and European cities, demonstrating its nuclear capability, media reports said.
The People's Liberation Army (PLA) launched a Dongfeng-31B on September 25, days before its October 1 National Day from the Wuzhai Missile and Space Test Centre, also called Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said quoting US media reports.
The first flight test of an upgraded mobile intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in the lead-up to the National Day aimed to show the world that China was reinforcing its nuclear deterrent, it quoted military experts as saying.
The DF-31B is an upgraded version of the DF-31A and the launch was at least the second time the PLA's Second Artillery Corps had tested a DF-31 missile in the past three months.
In late July, the PLA conducted a flight test of a DF-31A in what was the fourth known flight test of that missile in two years, it said.
The DF-31 system has an estimated range of nearly 10,000km, enough to deliver a nuclear warhead to the capitals of Europe or the west coast of the US.
The mobile missiles are designed specifically for travel over rugged terrain and in difficult road conditions.
Xu Guangyu, a Beijing-based retired PLA major general said the strategic aim of the test is "Beijing just wants to increase China's military might and its nuclear strategic threat. It's not really targeting the US or other countries".
"China needs to conduct intensive weapons tests and military drills because the (US-led build-up) now in the Asia-Pacific area is not good for Beijing," he told the Post.
Earlier state media reports said Beijing would roll out the Dongfeng-41, a system designed to have a range of 12,000km, allowing it to hit targets anywhere in the US.
Xu said the US' "pivot to Asia" and its plan to send 60 per cent of its military force to the region by 2020 had put pressure on Beijing to step up missile development.
"It's normal for China to develop other, more advanced missiles given that a weapon cycle is between five and seven years, and the DF-31A was delivered to the PLA in 2006," he said.
Macau-based military expert Antony Wong Dong said it was hard to tell the difference between the DF-31A and DF-31B, but the upgraded version might have better performance.
"The DF-31A was designed to carry three warheads. I think the new DF-31B is possibly a multi-warhead version with higher accuracy," Wong said.
Backfiring Chinese Product will ruin China when fired on others and that is the beauty of Chinees products.Great going china sufficient to finish itself .
it is time communists gave way to southkorea to be united and be a single country,,,,
rajan loknathan ()
Will the China's missile work like its third rate products and fail on the way?
Prashant Patel ()
Bad luck to Chinese and the Pakistan. These long range missile will never hit India buf easily be hit within the Chinese airspace.
roger k (unknown)
US and the west cannot be sleeping over Chinese aggression, if China can develop few long distance delivery missiles, the west would have already, developed many systems to stop those Chinese missiles entering their air space ! On top of that US is known to have developed a missile system to hit anywhere in the world within one hour ! Now Chinese have more to think about their fireworks !
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