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China Fires Off Missile In Possible 'Warning' To US, South Korea

Ben Pena | 14 May, 2017, 09:50

The timing of the announcement coincides with the election of South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in and comes amid a continued dispute between Beijing and Washington over the deployment of a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system on South Korean soil.

"To judge from the missile remains disclosed by media, it was a DF-26 that was tested recently, also known as the "aircraft carrier killer" missile", Song Zhongping, a military expert who used to serve in the PLA Rocket (Missile) Force, told state-run Global Times. It didn't reveal the type of missile or provide other details.

Asked if the test's location in the Bohai Sea, close to the tensed Korean Peninsula, could show that the test was specifically aimed at Seoul's THAAD deployment, Song said that this was unlikely as Bohai is China's usual weapons testing ground.

In its ongoing bid to remove a US -deployed THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, China has deployed an unusual tactical strike force: nationalist rappers.

Chelsea not that far ahead - Klopp
They have only lost one of their last 10 top-flight matches in London - their 2-0 defeat at West Ham on 2 January 2016. The Reds will be desperate to return to winning ways after dropping points at home against Southampton last weekend.

This proposal is supported by Russian Federation, which has urged Washington and Seoul to reconsider their decision to station THAAD on the peninsula, saying it serves as a "destabilizing factor" that undermines the security and deterrent capacity of adjacent states, such as China, and could tip the existing military balance in the tense region.

Chinese rocket forces have conducted a combat test of a new type of missile in the Bohai Sea, according to a statement from the Information Bureau of China's Ministry of National Defense.

In a brief statement late on Tuesday, the ministry said the tests of new missiles and weapons were carried out by the People's Liberation Army's Rocket Force "in recent days" and were created to raise operational capability so as to effectively deal with national security threats.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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