by Staff reporter
SCMP, page A1 & A4 January 12, 2010
1. Beijing threw down the gauntlet to Washington yesterday, announcing it had successfully tested ...
- offered a challenge -
2. Xinhua announced the news last night in a terse, one sentence statement
- brief and abrupt -
3. The test is going to touch a raw nerve with people at the Pentagon
- upset -
4. precisely track and monitor fastmoving, incoming warheads
- the part of the missile that contains the explosive -
5. It is the cornerstone of America's national missile defence strategy
- key element -
6. The test is one-upmanship from Beijing ...
- Beijing is showing off or proving its superiority -
... reminding Taiwan the military balance is tilting inevitably towards the mainland
- leaning -
7. Yesterday's news came hard on the heels of Taiwanese media reports that the island planned to buy ...
- happened very soon after -