China has no friends. And there is nothing that they align themselves with. They can hit anyone they feel will help them. Pakistan is also one of those states that they are using. IN fact that is how the global state diplomacy works.
China has gotten a lot a lot of weapons and nuclear help from USSR and Russia over the years. In fact Michael Levin, in a recent book “The Next Great Clash” he surmises that China will align with Russia against the US.
A recent set of satellite pictures however show that China has 58 launch pads for nuclear capable missiles spread over a 2,000 sq km deployment area near Delingha and Da Qaidam in the northern parts of Qinghai province (see the map . DaQaidam . Delingha . the pads). These missiles are aimed at Russia and India. Primarily the target is India. Here are some more details.
The 58 launch pads include four basic designs: a 70-meter full circle; a 40-meter T-shape, a 15-45 meter rectangular, and a 30-meter pull-out (see Figure 3). The 15-meter rectangular is by far the most common design. There are two full circle pads and four T-shape pads.
The large circular pads are probably older designs for the liquid-fuel DF-3 and DF-4, which require a large number of fuel trucks on the pad until shortly before launch. The liquid-fuel missiles are now being phased out and replaced with the solid-fuel DF-21 and DF-31, which require fewer support vehicles. The DF-31 has not been reported in the Delingha and Da Qaidam areas, but its smaller predecessor the DF-21 has deployed there for several years and can be launched from the small 15-meter pads. Two of the pads in Figure 3 show what are estimated to be DF-21 launchers, a 2006 deployment previously described here.
According to satellite imagery on the Web sites of Jane’s Intelligence Review and the Federation of American Scientists, the base has a sea entrance wide enough to allow submarines to enter the underground facilities. The photograph reveals what appears to be a ballistic missile submarine moored to one of the piers outside.
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