“AUSTRALIAN and United States intelligence agencies believe a Chinese anti-ballistic missile test in January marked a significant advance in the development of an anti-satellite capability directed against the West.
A secret assessment of China’s increasingly sophisticated missile capabilities has revealed the close relationship between US and Australian intelligence agencies monitoring Chinese military and space activity.
Leaked US embassy cables detail how the State Department on January 9 instructed embassies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Britain to forewarn their host governments that US intelligence anticipated China would shortly conduct an intercept flight test using an SC-19 missile to destroy a medium-range ballistic missile launched from a separate site within China.
An SC-19 missile had previously been used in China’s controversial anti-satellite test on January 11, 2007, destroying a Chinese weather satellite and generating clouds of hazardous space debris.”
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