Chinese military could target Okinawa during South China Sea conflicts: U.S. official


Okinawa Prefecture and the U.S. territory of Guam could become targets of the Chinese military in the event of contingencies in Taiwan or the South China Sea, a senior U.S. Air Force official said.

The People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the Second Artillery Corps would be tasked with strikes against American forces and facilities if China decided that U.S. intervention in such conflicts would have an overwhelming impact, the official, part of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center, said.

“Chinese analysts note the importance of military on Okinawa and Guam, and these assets and their supporting infrastructure are likely high priority targets of the PLAAF and Second Artillery” Corps, the official noted.

The official made the comments Thursday in written testimony before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which advises the U.S. Congress.

China is locked in territorial disputes with Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries over island chains in the South China Sea, and with Japan over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.