Have fretful descriptions of China's medium-range antiship ballistic missile endangered America's strategic standing in the Pacific Basin ? Its time to stop worrying and start managing the Chinese ASBM threat.
In May 2009, urgently worded accounts of contemporary Chinese antiship ballistic-missile (ASBM) developments exploded onto a number of mainstream U.S. media outlets, sparking a domestic uproar. But by unintentionally validating China's as-yet-unproven ASBM capabilities, these well-intended warnings did America's strategic position in the Pacific Basin few favors. 1