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Air Force to further enhance anti-missile capabilities

(CRI Online)    08:33, August 29, 2016

An undated photo showing ground-to-air missile system of Chinese Air Force. [Photo: mod.gov.cn]

The Chinese Air Force is suggesting it may move to increase the capabilities of the country's existing anti-missile capabilities.

Shen Jinke with the Chinese Air Force says upgrades to the ground-to-air forces in China would be a solid step toward increasing national security.

"Through innovation, ground-to-air defense troops are able to deal with far-range, medium-range and short-range missiles which can come in on high, medium and low altitudes. The capability of China's air defense and anti-missile systems has greatly improved in the information age we live in. Our ground-to-air forces are now a powerful force to safeguard China's airspace sovereignty."

In making the statement, the Chinese Air Force has not said when or how the current ground-to-air missile and anti-aircraft defense systems might be upgraded.

The suggestion comes on the heels of plans by the US and South Korea to place the US THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.

Chinese authorities say the system poses a threat to both the stability of the Korean peninsula, but to China as well, as its radar systems will be able to penetrate into Chinese territory.

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor: Yuan Can,Bianji)

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