India Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile Amid Tensions With China

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The agelong  scope  ballistic Agni-V rocket  is displayed during Republic Day parade, successful  New Delhi, India, connected  Jan. 26, 2013. (Manish Swarup/AP Photo)

The agelong scope ballistic Agni-V rocket is displayed during Republic Day parade, successful New Delhi, India, connected Jan. 26, 2013. (Manish Swarup/AP Photo)

NEW DELHI—India has test-fired a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic rocket with a scope of 5,000 kilometers (3,125 miles) from an land disconnected its eastbound seashore amid rising borderline tensions with China.

The palmy motorboat connected Wednesday was successful enactment with “India’s argumentation to person credible minimum deterrence that underpins the committedness to nary archetypal use,” said a authorities statement.

The Agni-5 rocket splashed down successful the Bay of Bengal with “a precise precocious grade of accuracy,” said the connection issued connected Wednesday night.

Beijing’s almighty rocket arsenal has driven New Delhi to amended its weapons systems successful caller years, with the Agni-5 believed to beryllium capable to onslaught astir each of China.

India is already capable to onslaught anyplace wrong neighboring Pakistan, its archrival against whom it has fought 3 wars since gaining independency from British colonialists successful 1947.

India has been processing its medium- and long-range atomic and rocket systems since the 1990s amid expanding strategical contention with China successful a large boost to the country’s defence capabilities.

Tension betwixt them flared past twelvemonth implicit a long-disputed conception of their borderline successful the mountainous Ladakh area. India is besides progressively suspicious of Beijing’s efforts to heighten its power successful the Indian Ocean.

Talks betwixt Indian and Chinese service commanders to disengage troops from cardinal areas on their borderline ended successful a stalemate earlier this month, failing to easiness a 17-month standoff that has sometimes led to deadly clashes. India and China fought a bloody warfare successful 1962.

The Associated Press

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