Chinese defence ministry confirms new missile test

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This proposal is supported by Russian Federation, which has urged Washington and Seoul to reconsider their decision to station THAAD on the peninsula, saying it serves as a "destabilizing factor" that undermines the security and deterrent capacity of adjacent states, such as China, and could tip the existing military balance in the tense region. The Asian superpower has pushed for a diplomatic resolution, aiming to end the military posturing from all sides.

China's Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday that the military successfully test-fired a new type of missile into waters near the Korean Peninsula - an announcement that comes amid Chinese anger over the deployment in South Korea of a sophisticated USA missile defense system.

The statement did not say what missiles were tested or when the launches took place but the announcement was likely aimed at South Korea and the United States, observers said.

South Korea has another angle in that some of the donated equipment is South Korean made and being retired because new models are available.

The THAAD system, which is being installed on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju, is created to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.

An official statement did not say what kind of missile was tested or when it was sacked, only saying it happened "recently".




Amidst this tension, South Korean elected left-leaning former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In as its new President on Tuesday.

Our Chinese friends - or, rather, that Chinese government so praised by President Donald Trump for its expected cooperation - are affecting our actions against North Korea.

"It hasn't much to do with THAAD directly, but it is a kind of warning" to South Korea and the U.S., Song Zhongping, a Chinese military affairs expert and commentator for Hong Kong's Phoenix TV, told the Associated Press. Protestors had actively tried to impede vehicles headed to the site of the THAAD, or terminal high altitude area defense.

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 Pentagon sent the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group to the Korean peninsula to conduct naval drills with the South Korea navy and Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force last month. Wang said, according to The Guardian. The question is: "Are the two sides really ready for a head-on collision?"

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