MISSILE INTERCEPTION TEST
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pregnantly China says it has successfully conducted a midcourse missile interception test, a move that could advance its ability to withstand foreign intervention as it presses its territorial claims.
- The test was purely defensive in nature and was not aimed at any foreign nations.
- Missiles are a major component of China’s defence and are the backbone of its space programme that has launched astronauts and components to the nation’s orbiting space station.
- The interception test comes as China has been escalating threats against the self-governing island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims as its own territory to be annexed by military force if necessary
China is also engaged in territorial disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam and other governments over the South China Sea.