China’s anti-ship missiles including the DF-26 pose a new challenge for the US in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo China’s anti-ship missiles including the DF-26 pose a new challenge for the US in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
China’s anti-ship missiles including the DF-26 pose a new challenge for the US in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
Ankit Panda
Opinion

Opinion

Ankit Panda

How Chinese missile tests could up the stakes for the US in the South China Sea

  • Last month’s tests of anti-ship missiles near the disputed Spratly Islands send a clear message to Washington about the risks of future engagement, writes Ankit Panda
  • US planners have long worried about the risks of intervening in support of Taiwan and the Philippines, and the use of these weapons may cancel out its advantages

China’s anti-ship missiles including the DF-26 pose a new challenge for the US in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo China’s anti-ship missiles including the DF-26 pose a new challenge for the US in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
China’s anti-ship missiles including the DF-26 pose a new challenge for the US in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
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Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda

Ankit Panda is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Defense Posture Project at the Federation of American Scientists, a Senior Editor at The Diplomat, an online magazine on Asia-Pacific affairs, and a Contributing Editor at War on the Rocks. Panda is an award-winning writer and a frequently cited analyst on geopolitical and security issues in the Asia-Pacific. His writing has appeared in The Diplomat, The Atlantic, The Daily Beast, Politico Magazine, and War on the Rocks, among other publications.