China’s defense ministry said Wednesday that it successfully test-fired a new advanced guided missile in the Bohai Sea near the Korean Peninsula.
China’s Global Times reported that that launch “killed two birds with one stone” in that it showed that China can attack two mainstays of American military might in the region: the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-missile system and aircraft carriers in western Pacific.
A statement on the ministry’s website confirmed the test took place and “achieved the intended result.”
The announcement came after Beijing expressed opposition over the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea, The Associated Press reported.
Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a news conference Wednesday that China was “resolutely against” the deployment of the THAAD system — and that the country will take “necessary steps” against it.
“We hope South Korea can pay high attention to China’s concerns and handle the relevant issue in a proper way,” he said.