On Sunday, January 27, 2013, China successfully carried out a land-based mid-course missile interception test within its territory. It is the second such test that China has successfully launched within its territory since January 2010. According to an official from the Information Bureau of China’s Ministry of National Defense, "The test reached the preset goal," but it "was defensive in nature and targeted no other country." Coincidentally, on Saturday, the United States successfully conducted a test flight of a missile interceptor rocket.
“The public in the West noticed that China and the U.S. conducted similar tests on the same day (if the time zone disparity is considered) and viewed China’s test as displaying its strength to the United States.” According to the article, the Japanese media said that, by conducting an anti-missile interceptor test at this time, China wants to restrain the U.S. in the Diaoyu Islands dispute. “A Chinese military expert said in an interview that such a test, “was the result of pressure from the United States.”
Source: Reprint from Apple Daily by China Gate, January 28, 2013