China Ambiguous about Report of US-N. Korea Summit Proposal

Dong Feng-26 missiles seen during a military parade in Beijing.

The announcement comes after defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said last month that China would conduct live-fire drills and test new weapons to safeguard its security in response to the THAAD roll-out.

The installation of the US-developed THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system in South Korea has drawn regional condemnation not only from North Korea, but from China and Russian Federation as well, who object to the system's range and powerful radar.

Yet, the Chinese recently appeared to be doing some flexing of its military might when it tested a new missile near the waters of the Korean peninsula, UPI reported Wednesday.

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Amid reports that the United States and North Korea were engaging in informal talks in Norway, China said today that it wants a peaceful resolution of the Korean peninsula nuclear issue through dialogue.

The statement did not say what missiles were tested or when the launches took place.

North Korean leader observing naval units in the West (Yellow) Sea, near South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island, in this image from the May 5 edition of the Rodong Sinmun newspaper. THAAD became operational last week, achieving "initial intercept capability", according to NBC News.

China has pressured South Korea both economically and politically to abandon THAAD, which Beijing argues poses a threat to China's national security.

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An official statement did not say what kind of missile was tested or when it was sacked, only saying it happened "recently".

China and Russian Federation openly protested at the USA deploying the THAAD, accusing them of using it to spy on them. It said that it was created to intercept incoming missiles from North Korea, Reuters reported. The recipients note that the South Korea stuff is higher quality and more durable than Chinese equivalents.

Observers believe his administration will herald a big shift in relations with Pyongyang as it re-engages with the North after years of severed diplomatic links and increased sanctions.

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