China has deployed a new bomber equipped with long-range cruise missiles reportedly capable of reaching Hawaii and Guam.
According to an Oct. 8 draft of a soon-to-be-released congressional report from the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, the Free Beacon reported that China's latest technological advance in aerial weaponry
is called the H-6K or "Zhan Shen," which translates to "God of War" in English.
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The bomber's design is based on a late 1950s Soviet attack plane; however the People's Republic has added technology that allows it to fly further than ever before while carrying the "new long-range land-attack cruise missile (LACM)."
"The bomber/LACM weapon system provides the PLA Air Force with the ability to conduct conventional strikes against regional targets throughout the western Pacific, including U.S. facilities in Guam," the congressional report states, the Free Beacon reported.
The new bomber comes just one week after China unveiled its first fleet of nuclear submarines
China's recent public display of its nuclear submarine fleet was seen by experts as a sign the communist nation's military confidence is growing.
The fleet was comprised of Xia-class ships, which are several decades old.
China apparently chose not to show-off its most advanced sub — the Jin-class, which has been sighted off Hainan Island.
"It is still the first time that the Xia class has been discussed in such detail in China’s state-run media," Taylor Fravel, an expert on Chinese security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told the Financial Times. "As China’s military modernization continues to advance
, the [People's Liberation Army] has become more willing to discuss its capabilities."
In response to China's increasing military presence in the region, the U.S. military is building up its military base on Guam. If necessary, the base could be used as a "pivot" strategy for realigning forces in Asia.
In addition to its nuclear sub fleet and new long-range bomber, the congressional report also mentioned that China had recently "developed a new armed drone nearly identical to U.S. military’s Reaper," the Free Beacon reported.
The drone's technology, according to the congressional report, was acquired through China's ongoing cyber espionage campaign against U.S. defense contractors, which it denies.
The congressional report concludes that the People's Liberation Army's "modernization is on track to alter the security balance in Asia over the next five to 10 years, challenging decades of U.S. military preeminence."
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