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This liftoff propelling India into a new class of nations.
Joining the US Britain France Russia and China part of the small group of countries with long range nuclear missile capability.
The Indian government calling the launch a major step in its effort to be seen as a world power.
And a major boost to counter China's growing regional dominance.
The missile with a range of more than 3000 miles would be able to strike Beijing and Shanghai for the first time.
India has been suspicious of China's efforts in recent years to increase Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry downplaying the launch saying India and China are not competitors.
And I think we knew we think both sides should -- our hard work to create -- positive situations make efforts together maintained a friendship between China and India.
Deep in the strategic cooperation and -- mutual development and make positive contributions to maintain peace and stability in the region.
But Chinese state run media had a different tone in its reaction one newspaper warning India not to be quote arrogant during disputes with China after the launch.
Adding India should be clear.
China's nuclear power is stronger and more reliable.
China is far ahead of India and the arms race with Intercontinental.
Ballistic missiles already capable of reaching anywhere in India.
Indian officials say the missile will need four or five more trials before -- can actually be added to India's arsenal probably in 2014.
In London Amy Kellogg Fox News.
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