China says the mid-course missile interception test was successful

BEIJING – China says it has successfully passed a mid-course missile interception test, a move that could improve its ability to withstand foreign intervention while insisting on its territorial claims.

A brief statement from the Ministry of Defense late Sunday did not provide details, but said the test was purely defensive in nature and not aimed at foreign nations.

Missiles are a major component of China’s defense and are the backbone of its space program, which launches astronauts and components to the national orbital space station.

The interception test comes as China escalates threats against the self-governing island of Taiwan, which Beijing claims is its own territory that will be annexed by military force if necessary. The conflict over Taiwan is likely to lead to the United States, which is the island’s main source of weapons and is legally obliged to view threats to it as a matter of “serious concern.”

China is also involved in territorial disputes with the Philippines, Vietnam and other governments over the South China Sea.

It is also believed that China supports Russia in its invasion of Ukraine, although it has not provided material support for its actions.

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