Chinese authorities have released footage of the first-ever test authorities conducted for ballistic missile interception system 6 years ago.
PLA researcher Chen Deming says the system itself is one of the keys of China's domestic defense capabilities.
"The Ballistic missile defense system is a critical link in our strategic defense, and is also an important chip in the contest between big powers. It makes a world of difference whether you have it or not."
Footage of the original test has been released on the heels of the U.S. and South Korea agreeing to deploy the advanced U.S. THAAD anti-missile system before the end of next year.
While the U.S. insists the system is to defend South Korea from possible attacks from North Korea, Chinese officials have condemned its planned deployment, saying it threatens China's security.
China's Foreign Minister has warned his South Korean counterpart the THAAD deployment also diminishes the level of trust between the two countries.