SHANGHAI: China has carried out a land-based missile interception check that “achieved its anticipated function”, the Defence Ministry mentioned, describing it as defensive and never geared toward any nation.
China has been ramping up analysis into all kinds of missiles, from these that may destroy satellites in area to superior nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles, as a part of an formidable modernisation scheme overseen by President Xi Jinping.
Beijing has examined missile interceptors earlier than; the newest earlier public announcement of a check was in February 2021, and earlier than that in 2018. State media has mentioned China has performed anti-missile system exams since at the very least 2010.
The ministry mentioned in a short assertion late on Sunday that the “ground-based midcourse anti-missile intercept expertise” check had been carried out that evening.
“The check reached its anticipated targets,” the ministry mentioned. “This check was defensive and never geared toward any nation.”
It supplied no different particulars.
China, together with its ally Russia, have repeatedly expressed opposition to the US deployment of the Terminal Excessive Altitude Space Protection (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea.
China argued the gear’s highly effective radar may penetrate into its territory. China and Russia have additionally held simulated anti-missile drills.
China has given few particulars about its personal missile programmes, except for occasional temporary statements by the Defence Ministry or in state media.
In 2016, the Defence Ministry confirmed it was urgent forward with anti-missile system exams after photos appeared on state tv.
Beijing says such expertise is required for nationwide defence and safety.