China conducts new missile tests aimed to counter THAAD

Robyn Valdez
May 13, 2017

The remarks were made Tuesday in response to media enquiry about a recent missile test.

Hong Kong-based iFeng news suggested that the tested missile might be an E/ADF-26B, an upgraded version of a previously-used missile equipped with the new capability of electronic attacks.

China's military has tested a new type of missile in an area close to the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have been running high over Washington's deployment of a missile system in South Korea.

The statement would not elaborate on what those threats could be but China has become increasingly sensitive to the USA deployment of the missile system, known as THAAD, in eastern South Korea, which came last month.

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China flexed it's Military might right next door to the Korean peninsula amid heightened tensions in the region, after North Korea, South Korea, and the U.S. recently conducted military drills in the area.

The statement did not say what missiles were tested or when the launches took place but the announcement was likely aimed at South Korea and the United States, observers said.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported Wednesday Beijing's defense ministry had announced the test of a newly developed rocket in the Bohai Sea, the interior gulf of the Yellow Sea, on the coast of northeastern China. Beijing seems to have gone ahead with this directive in order to protect Chinese citizens from a possible North Korean conflict with the USA, at a time when the U.S. fleet is sailing in the area.

The system became operational last week, prompting immediate calls by Beijing to suspend its deployment.

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China and Russian Federation openly protested at the USA deploying the THAAD, accusing them of using it to spy on them.

Beijing has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South for the THAAD deployment, including a ban on tour groups.

Observers believe his administration will herald a big shift in relations with Pyongyang as it re-engages with the North after years of severed diplomatic links and increased sanctions.

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