[special correspondent chapter of Global Times] since the United States withdrew from the treaty, it has been planning to deploy land-based medium range missiles in the Asia Pacific region. The Russian satellite network said on the 16th that recent news showed that the United States intends to deploy land-based medium range missiles in Japan first. The US Defense blog website revealed on the 15th that the United States may give priority to the deployment of “Tomahawk” cruise missiles launched on the ground, which are mainly aimed at operational and tactical targets, while the “long-range hypersonic weapons” being developed by the Pentagon are more threatening. In an interview with Nikkei news, Marshall billinsley, the US president’s senior special envoy for arms control affairs, said that Washington intends to study the possibility of deploying medium range and short-range land-based missiles in some Asian countries, according to the Russian satellite network. “This is exactly the kind of defensive capability that Japan and other countries want and need in the future,” he added South Korea’s “East Asia daily” said Billingsley stressed that the medium range missile developed by the United States is an “absolutely necessary defense force” of Japan and other countries. Because the United States lacks a direct military base near China, even if China is deploying a medium range missile with a range of 1000 kilometers away from the nearest Guam, the United States cannot bring the Chinese mainland into the attack area. “Therefore, it is necessary to deploy missiles in Asian countries headed by Japan and Korea.” Belinsley said that the land-based medium and short-range missiles deployed in Asia would be “a tool to enhance defense capabilities”, and Asian countries including Japan would have to face “China’s threat”. Billingsley also mentioned that the United States is currently developing hypersonic weapons in several directions, which, together with other “stability defense capabilities”, can serve as a guarantee that America’s Asia Pacific allies “are protected from military blackmail by China.”. < / P > < p > the US “defense blog” website indicated on the 15th that if the United States intends to deploy land-based medium range missiles in the Asia Pacific region, the Tomahawk cruise missile launched by ground mobile launcher may be a realistic and priority choice. According to the report, Billingsley visited the ground launch system of the new conventional cruise missile during his inspection at Lockheed Martin company not long ago. He said it would help ensure that the United States and its allies in Europe and Asia “resist aggression.”. The US military conducted the first flight test of the Tomahawk cruise missile launched on the ground in August 2019. At that time, after the missile was launched from the ground mobile launcher, it accurately hit the target 500 kilometers away. This time, the new launch platform developed by Lockheed Martin company can be mounted on wheeled trucks, which can be more quickly and conveniently used for land mobility, or sea and air transportation. The Pentagon’s move aims to “counter the overwhelming dominance of China and Russia in land-based cruise and ballistic missiles” and to weaken China’s leading position through “long-range warfare,” according to the report. Last year, the U.S. Marine Corps said it needed ground-based Tomahawk missiles that could find and destroy enemy ships sailing in disputed waterways and attack ground targets. “This means that the Marine Corps will play a role we have never played in the last 20 years, and that’s how we contribute to maritime control and maritime denial,” then marine commander David Berg told the Senate Military Committee The Global Times reporter noted that the maximum range of Tomahawk cruise missile is about 1600 km. If the Tomahawk cruise missile is deployed in different regions of Japan, military targets in Northeast China, North China, South China and coastal areas will be within their range. If the missile is deployed in the Okinawa Islands in the south of Japan, its strike range will be further expanded. If a land-based Tomahawk missile is deployed in the northwest of Japan, its attack range will be about 1300 km deep into Russian territory. Zhang Xuefeng, a Chinese military expert, said in an interview with the global times on the 16th that the United States already has a large number of sea based and air-based medium range cruise missiles in the Asia Pacific region from the paper data alone, so it seems of little significance to deploy land-based cruise missiles in Japan. For example, the US Navy’s “Ali Burke” class destroyer is equipped with 96 vertical launching units, which can usually carry about 30 Tomahawk cruise missiles. US strategic bombers can also carry a large number of Tomahawk cruise missiles. Moreover, the target of this kind of missile attack is tactical and operational targets, and its flight speed is slow. If the maximum range is 1600 km, the whole flight will take about two hours. It is not difficult for China and Russia, which have a complete early warning system, to carry out early warning detection and intercept in advance. In the opinion of an anonymous military expert, the U.S. military may have greater political considerations when it plans to deploy land-based Tomahawk missiles in Japan and other countries: in the event of a conflict, U.S. Navy ships can retreat to a relatively safe distance and use land-based launch systems to carry out attacks. It is worth noting that this is no doubt equivalent to “drawing down” the land-based intermediate missile deployment countries and acting as “cannon fodder” against China. That’s why America’s allies in Asia shy away from discussing the deployment of such missiles. These countries are well aware that this kind of offensive missile controlled by the U.S. military will not protect any country, but is a provocation to try to change the status quo, and it will ignite. In addition, Zhang Xuefeng also stressed that compared with the “Tomahawk” missiles flying in subsonic speed and easy to be intercepted, the “long-range hypersonic weapon” being developed by the US Army is a greater threat to China. This weapon has faster speed, longer range, stronger penetration ability, and more flexible choice of deployment area. It is regarded as a “trump in the arm” weapon by the US Army. The U.S. military can deploy it in allies of the first island chain, and may even deploy in places such as Guam. Due to the high cost of the missile, it may be mainly aimed at strategic targets after deployment, which is more threatening and needs to be paid close attention to.