It is unclear, probably by design, whether the Chinese troops were shooting down simulated missiles launched by North Korea, or against North Korea.
The China Military Online website offers some more details about the weapon systems tested, including shoulder-fired FN-6 and truck-launched HQ-6 surface-to-air missiles, which would not be very useful for shooting down North Korea’s long-range missiles. However, as the recent drills indicate, China wants to be prepared.
“The exercise was conducted as part of a yearlong plan to improve the combat effectiveness of troops, and was not directed against any particular state or goal”, the report says, the Chinese defense Ministry. However, to the maneuvers in China has focused attention on the rising tension on the Korean Peninsula.
The drills “do not target any particular goal or country”, and were part of an annual plan meant to boost the troops’ capability, China’s Defence Ministry said on its website, in a response to media.
There’s been talk of attack and war by Pyongyang and, the USA and its allies.
The US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said that North Korea’s Kim Jong-un was “begging for war” and urged the 15-member UN Security Council (UNSC) to impose the “strongest possible” sanctions to deter him.
Recall, September 3 North Korea has tested a hydrogen bomb.
If North Korea’s claims are true then it suggests a significant advancement in the country’s burgeoning nuclear programme, which the United Nations had attempted to thwart by imposing several sanctions against the country.