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The Chinese military has successfully intercepted a ballistic missile in flight, China's Ministry of Defense claimed in a late Sunday statement.
A Chinese statement clarified that the test was defensive in nature and was not intended as a threat to any nation, according to the Washington Times.
The development comes as China is growing increasingly aggressive toward Taiwan, an independent island nation that China has long claimed as its own territory.
China has sent numerous bomber and fighter-jet flights into Taiwan's air-defense zone in recent months. While the U. S. maintains friendly relations with Taiwan, it has not expressly vowed to intervene should China choose to invade the country.
The U. S. has maintained a complicated relationship with Taiwan, being its largest international supporter and arms supplier while not holding formal diplomatic ties. The U.S. continues to abide by the Taiwan Relations Act, which acknowledges, but does n... (Read more)