Missile tests provided 'windfall of intelligence' to China's PLA

Special to World
Thursday, July 20, 2006

Beijing was the chief beneficiary of the North Korean missile launches earlier this month, according to Edward Timperlake, a specialist on China’s military. “The PRC played the United States and our allies brilliantly,” Timperlake said.

“The NK missile launches were a windfall of intelligence for the PLA.”

China was able to monitor U.S. communications and missile defense system sensor activities, as well as the rules of engagement for using a missile interceptor against a North Korean long-range missile.

China has concluded that the United States has been “awakened” strategically to the growing danger from China and that the shift in forces to the Pacific is one sign.

Other signs include closer alliances with Japan and Taiwan, designed as part of a hedge strategy against China.

Timperlake is co-author of the recently published book, “Showdown: Why China Wants War With the United States,” that proposes possible war scenarios between the United States and China.

Copyright © 2006 East West Services, Inc.

Print this Article Print this Article Email this article Email this article Subscribe to this Feature Free Headline Alerts

Search Worldwide Web Search