When will this thing be deployed? I hope before 2008. CSB has shown his willingness to upset the status quo. He may make his move just before Beijing 2008.
Even a small number of DF-41 are extremely useful to (1) deter US intervention, or (2) limit any US intervention to a local, conventional conflict.
If China appears to lack an effective second strike capability, it would be too easy for the US to force China to back down with nuclear threats.