Anybody who has been following China's activities as of late can tell you that they seem to be getting increasingly provocative. Although hostilities have not officially been declared, many are arguing that the Communist superpower is waging a “covert war” against the US.
This would explain why the Chinese have been engaging in such suspicious behavior as testing an advanced anti-satellite weapon, meant almost certainly for use against American space assets.
It may be covert for now, but if they keep doing things like scrambling jets after US vessels, it could very well spill into a war the likes of which the world has never seen:
“The test reportedly took place three days before US Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis, operating in the South China Sea close to the disputed Spratly Islands claimed by Beijing.
The first information about the third generation Chinese ballistic missile – which according to the WFB is capable of reaching any location within the US – emerged in the American media in July 2014.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the Chinese military staged its previous DF-41 ballistic missile test launch on December 5, 2015, when a missile was launched from a container mounted on a special railroad car.
‘China is re-engineering its long-range ballistic missiles to carry multiple nuclear warheads,' the WFB cited Adm. Cecil Haney of the US Strategic Command as saying on January 22 of this year.
In 2015, Kanwa Asian Defence magazine claimed that Beijing might add the DF-41 to its nuclear inventory as early as 2016.”