China Announces New Anti-Missile Test

China’s state run Xinhua news service announced the completion of a new “land-based anti-missile technology experiment,” citing sources at the Ministry of Defense, but offering few details as to the target and parameters of the test. The test “achieved the desired objectives” the Chinese officials declared, adding the system could aid development of an anti-missile shield which could intercept incoming ballistic missile warheads. It is the third publicly acknowledged anti-missile test by the Chinese since 2010, with the last one occurring in January 2013. The launch comes as China is building up both its traditional defense capabilities, and increasing anti-missile and anti-satellite technology tests, such as the launch of a rocket in May 2013 believed to be related to a new ASAT weapon.