Earlier this week Chinese and Hong Kong media reported that China was deploying the Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) “Dongfeng-41” to its northermost Heilongjiang province, near the border with Russia.
Regardless of any activity linked to the development of China’s armed forces, Russia does not interpret military development in China as a threat to the country. Russia has long sought to fortify trade relations with its prosperous eastern neighbor.
Russian president, Vladimir Putin has amplified its political overtures to the Chinese leadership, after the US government forced global sanctions on Russia for interfering in Ukraine and the Syrian crisis.
According to the Kremlin, Russia does not consider ongoing Chinese military activities or maneuvers to be a threat to its national security, in reponse to reports that Beijing has deployed the highly capable missiles near the Russian border.
Despite strong and historic trade links, the two country’s most significant political association is the Shanghai Cooperation Assocation. However, Russia’s anti-missile defenses are prefectly capable of stopping the Chinese missiles if deployed.
The Dongfeng is a road-mobile ICB missile has an operational range between 12.000 km to 15.000 km’s.
Newsweek / AA Magnum News 2017.