China conducts successful third anti-missile test

Chinese military forces conducted a ‘land-based anti-missile technology experiment,’ the Ministry of National Defence announced. The experiment ‘achieved the desired objectives,’ it said, without giving details, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Last January, China conducted its second interceptor missile test.

Xinhua reported at that time that ‘the test has reached the pre-set goal’ and quoted experts as saying that the test could build shield for China’s air defence by intercepting incoming warheads such as ballistic missiles in space. On Wednesday’s anti-missile test came as Chinese military was preparing to conduct major defence exercises which already affected air traffic in 12 airports.

Flights in and out of airports in the country’s east - including Shanghai, Nanjing and Wuhan - would be affected from last Sunday until August 15 by the ‘high-frequency drills of another user’, Hong Kong based South China Morning Post quoted the China Civil aviation regulator as saying.

In the last two days more than 290 flights at Shanghai’s two airports were delayed or cancelled.



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