In a new round of testing, both the United States and China have confirmed successful launches of new anti-ballistic testing systems and long-range anti-missile interceptors. The test is China’s second successful launch of similar magnitude; the other
being was in January of 2010. The Defense ministry in China claims the tests are “defensive in nature and target no other country.” Many believe that the actions are directly related to Beijing’s secret anti-satellite weapons program, under which in 2007 the country destroyed a Chinese weather satellite, a move that received much criticism in the international community.
While the exact vehicle has not yet been determined, it is believed that the Chinese used an SC-19 ASAT missile modified warhead. Pentagon spokeswoman Maj. Catherine Wilkinson said, “We carefully monitor China’s military developments and urge China to exhibit greater transparency regarding its capabilities and intentions. Military-to-military dialogues between the United States and China featuring open and substantive discussions between our armed forces will help us improve mutual understanding, build trust, and reduce the risk of misperception and miscalculations.”
Some claim the Chinese are continuing the race to weaponize space with launches such as this. With consistent 9-figure [unit? RMB?] defense spending over the last decade, they may be right…