China says mid-course missile interceptor test successful

China says it has successfully tested a mid-course anti-missile defense system inside its own land.

The official Xinhua News Agency, citing the defense ministry, said Monday’s test achieved its “preset goal.”

No details were given about the type of weapon tested, although China has been working on progress to its standby HQ-9 anti-missile defense system.

Interception involves destroying a ballistic missile before re-entering the air while it’s flying.

Xinhua cited the defense ministry as saying that the test “is defensive and doesn’t target any state.”

The test comes amid rising concerns about China’s military expansion in the South China Sea, in which it’s built bases on islands as well as neighboring North Korea’s atomic weapons program.


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