Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

China claims success in missile shield test

China claims success in missile shield test

On the same day, the Pentagon announced it would spend another $6.5 billion on 20 more missile interceptors for the ground-based, mid-course defense system (GMD), which is meant to protect the U.S. homeland from missile attacks from North Korea or Russia.

"We will continue bolstering them to keep pace with the threat out of North Korea", Mattis said in response to a question from Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordello.

The communist regime under President Xi Jinping has been strengthening its arsenal in recent years and missiles of various types and ranges are being developed.

Bordello had asked Mattis whether the US territory in the Western Pacific is adequately defended from "theater missile threats".

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In its statement, the Defense Ministry said "the ground-based midcourse anti-missile intercept technology" was tested within China's borders on Monday and achieved its expected results.

While China, along with its ally, have repeatedly expressed opposition to the U.S. deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, it has not stopped Chinese research into such technology. The other two phases of flight are boosting and re-entry. The Japan Ministry of Defense has partnered with the U.S. on the development of the SM-3 missile.

The ability to independently manufacture advanced armaments, including stealth fighters, aircraft carriers and missile defense systems, is key to China's rise as a global military power, Roggeveen said. "And that is that North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons programme and ballistic missile ambitions". But long-term holders of the stock should feel just as comfortable with the investment today as they did before the failure. The contract runs through January 2023.

Beijing has also rapidly expanded its military presence on man-made islands in the South China Sea, which it claims in its entirety, despite countering claims from other nations. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Aegis-equipped ballistic missile destroyers at sea have a good track record of defending themselves, but they're not meant to go after ICBMs. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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