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China says it has successfully tested new type of missile

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Eleena Tovar | 10 May, 2017, 17:14

The Chinese military carried out the test in the busy northeastern Bohai Sea close to the Korean peninsula "in recent days", Chinese Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a statement from China's Defense Ministry.

On Wednesday China's military did not provide details on the missile.

In a brief statement, the Chinese defence ministry did not specify when the missile was tested.

China flexed it's Military might right next door to the Korean peninsula amid heightened tensions in the region, after North Korea, South Korea, and the USA recently conducted military drills in the area. The defense ministry said last month that it would respond to the missile defense system's deployment by continuing to test new types of weapons under conditions simulating actual combat.

The test came amid Chinese anger over the deployment in South Korea of a sophisticated US missile defense system that Beijing opposes because its radars are allegedly capable of peering deep into China to detect rocket launches and aircraft movements.

China has invested heavily in both ballistic and cruise missiles.

The Chinese weapon tested was likely a DF-26 intermediate range missile being developed to sink warships, including US aircraft carriers, said Song Zhongping, an expert on military affairs and commentator for Hong Kong's Phoenix TV.

However, while the DF-26 could be useful against THAAD, China also has several other missiles that are up to the task, he said.

According to the South Korean Navy, the drills were aimed at deterring North Korean provocations and strengthening the military readiness of the Korea-US alliance.