China has published the first pictures of its new intercontinental ballistic missile in action, the South China Morning Post said Thursday.
The pictures were published in the People's Liberation Army Daily.
The Dongfeng-31 is China's most advanced ICBM with a range of 10,000 km, allowing it to hit the west coast of the U.S. and some major cities in Europe.
"Military experts said the release was a warning to the U.S. not to interfere in the country's territorial disputes with Japan over the Diaoyu Islands, or Senkakus, in the East China Sea," the SCMP said.
The PLA Daily said all 11 missiles launched hit their targets.
The U.S. has stationed 12 F-22 fighter jets at its Okinawa base and decided to replace the USS George Washington at Yokosuka with new USS Ronald Reagan. China sees these moves as the U.S.’ intention to intervene in regional disputes.
"The disclosure of the Dongfeng-31 at this time obviously aims to respond to the United States' two big military moves in Japan, which make Beijing believe it is going to meddle in the territorial disputes between China and Japan," the daily quoted an expert as saying.