BEIJING (Agencies) - A Communist Party-backed Chinese newspaper has quickly refuted a top Indian scientists claims that Indias ballistic missile defence technology is superior to that of China and New Delhi is still a decade behind Beijing, reported The Times of India and The Hindustan Times on Sunday. Shrugging off concerns that newer versions of Indias Agni missiles could strike the northernmost tips of China, the state-run Global Times, Chinese Rear-Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong, said India may take five more years to achieve this capability. The analyst also dismissed the claims that India is far ahead of China in developing interceptor technology, the Paper said, days after India tested the Agni-III, which has a 3,500km range. Rear-Admiral Zhang, a professor at the prestigious Chinese National Defence University, said India is still 10 to 15 years behind China in terms of missile technology. Its still unknown when the Agni-III will be deployed by the Indian Army, though they claim the missile is ready for use. And it might take at least another five years to ready the Agni-V, Zhang was quoted as saying. He also claimed that China did not see India as a strategic rival, and developed weapons to counter it. In developing its military technology, China has never taken India as a strategic rival, and none of its weapons were specifically designed to contain India, the Global Times quoted Zhang as saying. After Agni-III and Agni-V, as far as cities in China and Pakistan are concerned, there will be no target that we want to hit but cant hit, DRDO chief V K Saraswat had said. Earlier this week, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu had described Chinas ties with India as friendly and cooperative and said both countries did not pose mutual threat. I dont want to interpret or comment on the reports, Ma said when asked to comment on the February seven launch of Agni-III which put Chinas major cities within its strike range. The China-India relation is friendly and cooperative. China will not be a threat to India, and nor will India pose a threat to China, Ma said. India is set to test within a year an Agni-V nuclear- capable missile with a range of more than 5,000 kilometres, Saraswat, had said. We feel our accuracy is better than Chinas DF 21, Saraswat had said of the Agni-III, which was test launched on February 7. The DF-21 is Chinas mid-range missile that debuted in 1999, along with its intercontinental ballistic missile, the DF- 31, which the army utilises. Zhang also dismissed Saraswats assertion that India was ahead of China in the area of ballistic missile defence (BMD). Zhang said the BMD accounts for only part of Indias interception system, which also encompasses early-warning and guidance. Indias technology for its measurement and control system, which is used to trace launched missiles, remains at a very low level, and they are unable to constitute a complete and reliable missile defence system, Zhang claimed. Beijing test-fired its first missile interception system last month, and successfully tested its anti-satellite system in 2007. The United States and Russia are the only two countries that have actually deployed missile-interceptor technology.