China’s been pretty upset at America for the past few days or so over the Patriot missiles that they sold to Taiwan last week. And to show it, China decided to test their new anti ballistic missile technology earlier today. Though it may look like a blatant reaction to US foreign policy, China’s foreign ministry swears it wasn’t.
From Times Online:
The Foreign Ministry repeated Beijing’s long-held mantra that yet another display of the advancing military prowess of the People’s Liberation Army was not aimed at any country.
It said China had used “ground-based mid-course missile interception technology” but did not specify whether a missile had been destroyed.
The brief three-line report said: “The test has achieved the expected objective. The test is defensive in nature and is not targeted at any country,” it quoted the Chinese Foreign Ministry as saying.
Although the Foreign Ministry didn’t specify whether the ABMs actually intercepted their intended targets, they did say they had completed their objective, which is vague and snippy enough to seem like a display of Beijing’s spite. After all, the retaliation factor is pretty obvious when you find articles in the Chinese media titled “China’s anti ballistic missile system has better results than Patriot missile.”
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