China has conducted an anti-ship missile test-firing in the South China Sea, a US Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson told Jane's in a 2 July statement, confirming parts of an NBC News report published a day earlier stating that the firing had taken place on 30 June.
The spokesperson, who described the event as "disturbing", said that a missile had been launched from one of China's "man-made structures in the South China Sea near the Spratly Islands".
A CNBC report claimed that the weapon fired was an anti-ship ballistic missile, citing "two US officials with knowledge of the matter". This, however, was not confirmed by the Pentagon, but neither was it dismissed.
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