China Says It Successfully Tests New Type of Missile

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 11, 2017

Dong Feng-26 missiles seen during a military parade in Beijing.

China's defense ministry revealed Wednesday that it test-fired a new guided missile recently.

Taiwan's Central News Agency said Wednesday that China's defense ministry had announced the test of a newly developed missile in the Bohai Sea, in the interior gulf of the Yellow Sea, on the coast of northeast China near North Korea. Moon Jae-in, a former human rights lawyer who is a proponent of peaceful talks with the North's regime, was declared the victor of the election Tuesday.

About two weeks before the presidential election on Tuesday, Seoul and Washington brought in the X-band radar and missile launchers, key THAAD components, to the host site in Seongju county.

A latest missile tested by China can attack both aircraft carriers and the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) missile defence system deployed recently in South Korea, an official newspaper reported today.

In April, China's foreign ministry said THAAD undermines national security interests and warned "necessary measures" would be taken in response to the deployment.

A USA defense official said, however, that the system had only "reached initial intercept capability". Additional hardware will augment the anti-missile system's capabilities later this year, at which point THAAD will be fully operational.

The THAAD system, which is being installed on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju, is created to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.

China and Russian Federation have also criticized the deployment of THAAD, saying it would significantly affect the balance of power in the region and would lead to more instability. Moon's parents were refugees from the North and his election could perhaps strain relations with the USA, with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson each calling for a tougher line against the North and leader Kim Jong Un. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has yet to visit Beijing, more than five years after taking power.

Beijing and Pyongyang have a relationship forged in the blood of the Korean War, and the Asian giant remains its wayward neighbour's main provider of aid and trade.

"China had better ponder over the grave consequences to be entailed by its reckless act of chopping down the pillar of the DPRK-China relations", KCNA said in a commentary.

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