China has successfully tested an anti-aircraft medium-range defense system in its territory, the Chinese Ministry of Defense said.
The Chinese ministry said in a brief statement that Monday’s test fulfilled the previously set target.
The ministry added that it was a defense system that “does not target any country”.
The ministry did not provide details on the type of weapons tested, although China is working to improve its HQ-9 anti-aircraft defense system.
Middle-range intercepts involve the destruction of a ballistic missile while in space, before returning to the atmosphere.
China is boosting research into all rocket types – from those that can destroy satellites in space to advanced ballistic missiles with nuclear weapons, in the confines of an ambitious modernization plan, overseen by Si Si Ðinping.
China’s move came amid rising tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and China’s military development in the South and East China Sea.