China tests new missile in waters near North Korea

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported Wednesday Beijing's defense ministry had announced the test of a newly developed rocket in the Bohai Sea, the interior gulf of the Yellow Sea, on the coast of northeastern China.

The statement said the test was conducted in accordance with the annual training plan to "raise the operational capability of the armed forces and effectively respond to threats to national security".

Hong Kong-based iFeng news suggested that the tested missile might be an E/ADF-26B, an upgraded version of a previously-used missile equipped with the new capability of electronic attacks.

"The test achieved the expected result", it said, without disclosing its exact details.

China's complaints about the USA placing anti-missile defense in South Korea should not only be ignored but recognized for what they are - support of potential North Korean aggression against South Korea, which would be a direct insult to the U.S.

Opposing the long-disputed deployment of the system, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that a peaceful solution to the Korean crisis was the "only right choice".

Of course, left unsaid was China's support of its North Korean allies, who above all do not want to see anti-missile defenses in South Korea.

The US conducted joint naval exercises with South Korea in late April, when a US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Carl Vinson, including a guided-missile cruiser, the USS Lake Champlain, as well as two destroyers, entered the Sea of Japan through the Tsushima Strait.

However, It is unclear if the missile test is meant to serve as a warning for the USA or North Korea. Ahead of the exercise, the USA carrier group also held joint drills with the Japanese navy.

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