China says it has tested a missile interceptor system

China says it has tested a missile interceptor system

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China has conducted a test of a ground-based missile interceptor system which has “accomplished its intended purpose”, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday evening, saying it was of a defensive approach that does not target any country.

Beijing has accelerated its research into missiles of all kinds, including some capable of destroying satellites in space or even ballistic missiles equipped with advanced nuclear warheads, as part of an ambitious military modernization supervised by the President Xi Jinping.

Missile interceptors have already been tested in the past by China. The previous official announcement of such a test dates back to February 2021, three years after the previous one. According to state media, Beijing has been testing anti-missile systems since at least 2010.

China, like Russia, has long complained about the anti-missile defense system deployed by the United States in South Korea, believing that it is capable of penetrating its territory.

Beijing rarely releases details of its own missile programs except occasionally through short statements from the Ministry of Defense or the official press.

(Shanghai office; French version Jean Terzian)

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