Frontpage words - January 12, 2010

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China tests missile defence after US row

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 -

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