China claims breakthrough by testing 1st missile interceptor

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 17:29

Beijing: Three years after launching its
first anti-satellite weapon system, China today claimed that
it has successfully tested a new technology designed to shoot
down incoming missiles in mid-air, a strategic know-how
possessed by only the US and Russia so far.

"China conducted a test on ground-based midcourse
missile interception technology within its territory. The test
has achieved the expected objective," the official Xinhua news
agency reported on yesterday`s test-launch.

"The test is defensive in nature and is not targeted at
any country," it said in a brief statement.

The announcement comes after a week of diplomatic
tensions over a US decision to sell advanced Patriot anti-
missile systems to Taiwan, which Beijing considers as part of
its territory and has vowed to take the island back, by force
if necessary.

Commenting on the missile interception test, Foreign
Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said it was conducted in
accordance with China`s "defensive military strategy."

"The test was defensive in nature and targeted at no
country," she said.

So far, the elite club of the United States and Russia
only had the missile interception technologies.

Jiang said China had always taken the road of peaceful
development and its strengthening of national defence was for
the maintenance of national sovereignty and security.

The test would neither produce space debris in orbit nor
pose a threat to the safety of orbiting spacecraft, Jiang
said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 - 17:29

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