China tests new guided missile in Bohai Sea

Jerome Frank
May 13, 2017

In a brief statement late on Tuesday, the ministry said the tests of new missiles and weapons were carried out by the People's Liberation Army's Rocket Force "in recent days" and were created to raise operational capability so as to effectively deal with national security threats.

Of course, left unsaid was China's support of its North Korean allies, who above all do not want to see anti-missile defenses in South Korea.

The ministry's information bureau stated that the PLA Rocket Force test was aimed to promote combat skills in the Rocket Force and raise its capability to counter national security threats. Further, the recent missile test indicates that Beijing is proactively improving its defense and counterattack capabilities.

The Bohai Sea is a body of water off the coasts of Tianjin municipality, Shandong, Hebei and Liaoning provinces. Washington says the system is necessary to guard against North Korean missile threats and calls China's concerns unfounded.

China anxious that its radars could reportedly peer deep into Beijing, allowing USA and its allies to better detect rocket launches and aircraft movements.

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The plans for the deployment of THAAD were announced last July, and the actual deployment process began in March, shortly after North Korea launched a salvo of ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

The Chinese military has just successfully test-fired a new kind of missile near the Korean Peninsula. It said that it was created to intercept incoming missiles from North Korea, Reuters reported. Beijing has been always opposed to the deployment of the US' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea.

The THAAD installation also turned out to be a major sticking point for South Korean voters, as Moon during the build-up to the election pressed the idea that the South had to learn to say "no" to the USA, one of its major allies since the end of the Korean War in 1953 that split the peninsula.

It had caused concern among United States defence officials as it reportedly has the ability to blow up aircraft carriers from a distance of about 1,500 km to 1,700 kms.

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