China says it has successfully tested new type of missile

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.

A statement by the Chinese defence ministry yesterday said that Chinese rocket forces tested a new type of missile in the Bohai Sea.

The ministry's information bureau stated that the PLA Rocket Force test was aimed to promote combat skills in the Rocket Force and raise its capability to counter national security threats.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

Military analysts said the "rare high-profile announcement of the missile tests" was a response to the THAAD deployment.

The Bohai Sea is a body of water off the coasts of Tianjin municipality, Shandong, Hebei and Liaoning provinces.

The US military began installing the first components of the system in South Korea late last month after nuclear-armed North Korea launched four missiles which it said was part of training for a strike on US bases in Japan.

"We've been clear to them this is not about regime change, this is not about regime collapse, this is not about an accelerated reunification of the peninsula, this is not about us looking for an excuse to come north of the 38th Parallel", Tillerson said.

China and Russian Federation openly protested at the United States deploying the THAAD, accusing them of using it to spy on them.

The Thaad system "is operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic of Korea", a spokesman for US Forces Korea confirmed on May 2.

Dong Feng-26 missiles seen during a military parade in Beijing. It included Dongfeng-21D missile, the anti- ship ballistic missile described as the "carrier killer".

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