China warns US against sending missiles to Asia

China warns US against sending missiles to Asia

China heard the message of the United States – loud and clear and in response warned the latter that it “would not stand idle” if the United States deployed ground-based missiles to Asia.

China said such act of the US amidst their trade war might fuel an arms race between Russia , China and the US.

Chinese arms control official, Fu Cong, relayed the warning three days after American Defense secretary, Mark Esper, said he favored deploying such missiles to the region “sooner rather than later.” 

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 No timeline was suggested by Esper for the deployment of missiles but suggested it would take months, potentially 18 or more, to field the weapons.

“We call on the U.S. to exercise restraint,” Mr. Fu said in a Foreign Ministry statement Tuesday. “China will not stand idly by and will be forced to take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range ground-based missiles in this part of the world.”

Mr. Fu did not elaborate what counter measures China would undertake in response to the planned missiles deployment of the US.

Mr. Fu said the American withdrawal from the treaty would have “a direct negative impact” on global stability and security, and called it a “pretext” for an American weapons buildup.

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Report from New York Times

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