Jul 29, 2014

US Says China Tested Anti-Satellite Missile

The U.S. says China has tested a missile designed to destroy satellites and is urging Beijing to refrain from destabilizing actions.
The "non-destructive" test occurred Wednesday. A previous destructive test of the system in 2007 created thousands of pieces of dangerous debris in space.
Continued development and testing of destructive anti-satellite systems threaten the long-term security and sustainability of the outer-space environment.
China's state-run Xinhua (shihn-wah) news agency, citing a Defense Ministry statement, reported a successful missile interception test conducted from land within Chinese territory late Wednesday.
Xinhua did not refer to it as an anti-satellite system. It said such tests could strengthen Chinese air defense against ballistic missiles.

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