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BEIJING (Reuters) - China successfully tested emerging military technology aimed at destroying missiles in mid-air, the government said, while state media warned ties with Washington would be hurt by U.S. missile sales to Taiwan.
The brief report on the "ground-based mid-course missile interception technology" from the state-run Xinhua news agency gave few details, and did not specify whether any missile had been destroyed in the test, staged on Chinese soil.
Jul. 31 - The United States will soon allow more high-tech exports to China as part of the issues agreed upon during the recently concluded China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue this week.
“The U.S. pledged to facilitate exports of high-technology products from the U.S. to China,” Vice-Premier Wang Qishan told China Daily adding that the dialogue was a “full success.”
The US has approved the sale of air defence missiles to Taiwan despite opposition to the deal from China and increasing US-China trade friction.
The deal will see Lockheed Martin sell Patriot air defence missile systems to the island.
The contract rounds off a $6.5bn (£4bn) package originally approved by former US President George W Bush in 2008.
The announcement came soon after the United States last week cleared a sale of advanced Patriot air defense missiles to Taiwan despite opposition from rival Beijing. China's ire over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan shows no signs of escalating into outright military confrontation,
China conducted a successful test Monday of a missile-defense interceptor, revealing for the first time its development of an anti-missile system, something Beijing has criticized the United States for doing.
The Chinese state-run Xinhua News Agency stated in a three-sentence dispatch that the test of "ground-based, midcourse missile interception technology" was carried out "within its territory."
"Regrettably, this effort runs smack into a White House that clearly views Taiwan as a barrier to U.S. interests in Asia," he wrote in an annual year-end report dated Thursday and distributed Friday.
Taiwan has improved its ties with China since the election of President Ma Ying-jeou, of the China-friendly Nationalist Party, or KMT, who took office in May 2008.
Obama, much like his predecessor, George W. Bush, has slowed the submission of proposed Taiwan arms sales to Congress, both for what analysts say is fear of disrupting China-Taiwan rapprochement and to avoid angering Beijing.
Hammond-Chambers said the council would press in 2010 to end such "packaging" of arms sales, a practice begun by Bush in 2007 in "a vain attempt to reduce Chinese ire" over what it regards as interference in its domestic affairs.
did not specify whether any missile had been destroyed in the test, staged on Chinese soil. "The test has achieved the expected objective," said the report, without describing that objective.
Originally posted by jam321
Sounds to me that China anti-missile test didn't fare as well as they want us to believe.
Otherwise, they wouldn't be so worried about the US selling missiles to Taiwan.[edit on 11-1-2010 by jam321]