After President Donald Trump urged China to do something about the problem known as Kim Jong Un, it appeared that the nation has made its boldest anti-North Korean move yet.
The South China Morning Post reported that the Chinese military conducted a drill Tuesday morning in which it shot down “incoming missiles” near the Korean peninsula.
The exercise began at midnight and came two days after North Korea conducted its latest nuclear test. The drill challenged China’s air force to shoot down simulated low flying missiles in the skies over Bohai Bay, according to a report by military news outlet 81.cn, the Post reported.
The practice was also said to defend against a “surprise attack” coming from over the sea, according to Chinese state media, Reuters reported.
The People’s Liberation Army allegedly shot down missiles at its first attempt, the report said.
“The troops rapid response capabilities and actual combat levels have effectively been tested,” the Chinese media stated.
The drill was the third in the area since late July.
Beijing naval expert Li Jie said that China’s quick response to PyongYang’s latest nuclear test was a serious indication that it did not support North Korea’s behavior.
“This shows China is prepared and able to stop any power that threatens stability in the region,” he told the Post.
Chinese President Xi Jinping told Trump in a phone conversation on Wednesday that China remained determined to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, according to the official website for the Chinese military.
It looks like China might be beginning to take Trump’s pressure seriously and prepare for the worst, especially since it appears that Kim has shown no indication that he will stop growing his country’s nuclear weapons program.
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