China to Develop Sea-Based Missile InterceptorsFebruary 9, 2018
China is planning to develop a sea-based missile defense launcher after completing a successful intercept of a ballistic missile in space from a ground-based system earlier this week, according to the South China Morning Post.
“China’s sea-based anti-missile system aims to defend both its territory and overseas interests, because sea-based defense systems will be set up wherever its warships can go,” analyst Song Zhongping said Tuesday, adding that “the first area it will target is the Asia-Pacific region and the Indian Ocean to protect its overseas interests.”
Zhou Chenming, another analyst, told SCMP the developments are meant to show North Korea it is a relatively small nuclear power. The most recent missile interception occurred at a time when Pyongyang is gaining a stronger grip on how to launch nuclear weapons on ballistic missiles.