Chinese defence ministry confirms new missile test
Chinese defence ministry confirms new missile test
14 May, 2017, 13:56
While no other country has claims in the busy Bohai Sea, the drills come amid heightened tension on the Korean peninsula, including Chinese anger at the deployment of the US anti-missile defence system Thaad in South Korea last month.
In a brief statement, the Chinese defence ministry did not specify when the missile was tested.
Beijing has repeatedly stated it will take "necessary measures" to deal with the missile shield.
The missile test was carried amid China's vociferous protests over THAAD interceptor missiles in South Korea, whose powerful radars could see through most of part of China including its missile development programme.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Wednesday that China had no intention of softening its opposition. In order to de-escalate tensions surrounding the Korean peninsula, Beijing has come up with an initiative to call on North Korea to refrain from carrying out further missile and nuclear tests in exchange for the US and South Korea suspending their military exercises in the region.
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. Additional hardware will augment the anti-missile system's capabilities later this year, at which point THAAD will be fully operational.
Many believe that the missile is probably a modified DF-26 intermediate-range ballistic missile, which is called as the "Guam Killer" due to its ability to carry out intermediate precision strikes against United States bases in Guam.
At the same time, tensions between Pyongyang and Beijing have also risen in recent weeks as China works with the U.S.to rein in North Korea.
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