China tests missiles during the weekend, US officials say

In a brazen broadside to America, China performed a dramatic series of missile tests this weekend — targeting mock United States missile batteries and jets — as the superpower flexes its muscles amid global tensions with North Korea and the threat of U.S. intervention, U.S. officials told Fox News.

U.S. spy agencies detected the Chinese military launching a series of 20 missiles at mock targets designed to look like American THAAD missile batteries and advanced U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighter jets.

“You don’t need to build a mock-up of an F-22 or THAAD to see if you could hit one with a missile,” said a U.S. defense official who was not authorized to speak with the media.  “This was a clear message by the Chinese.”

China has long protested the deployment of U.S. THAAD anti-ballistic missiles to South Korea, and doubled down on its condemnation after the government in Seoul said they want four more American launchers over the weekend, following North Korea’s Friday test of a second KN-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, a record-setting launch that flew the farthest distance in the regime’s history.

Officials believe the Chinese military tested intermediate, medium and cruise missiles and say the tests were also meant to coincide with China’s Army Day celebrations on Aug. 1, when China staged a massive military parade involving 12,000 troops in the desert along with dozens of tanks, jets and missiles. Chinese state media said it was the first time China ever celebrated Army Day with a parade, attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Beijing’s military chief.

China’s brazen test came more than a week after a pair of Chinese J-10 fighter jets buzzed a U.S. Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane in the East China Sea.

China currently has as many destroyers, crusiers and submarines as the U.S. Navy….

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