Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy warships and planes take part in a military display in the South China Sea in April. Photo: Reuters

China denies US accusations of South China Sea missile tests

  • US official says China appeared to have tested multiple anti-ship ballistic missiles over the weekend
  • China’s Defence Ministry denies this, saying it had held routine drills that involved firing of live ammunition
Topic |   South China Sea

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Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy warships and planes take part in a military display in the South China Sea in April. Photo: Reuters
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Observers said the missiles fired over the South China Sea at the weekend might have been DF-21Ds, also known as “aircraft carrier killers”. Photo: Reuters

South China Sea missile tests aimed at boosting Beijing’s bargaining power, analysts say

  • Beijing wanted to flex its military muscle as tensions continue to rise in disputed region, observers say
  • With trade talks set to restart, show of strength might give Chinese negotiators a few more chips to put on the table
Topic |   China military

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Observers said the missiles fired over the South China Sea at the weekend might have been DF-21Ds, also known as “aircraft carrier killers”. Photo: Reuters
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