New Pentagon chief: US wants to quickly deploy new missiles in Asia

New Pentagon chief: US wants to quickly deploy new missiles in Asia

This is a new development that will hopefully stabilize the so-called militarization of China in the Asia Pacific.
Washington has expressed its intention to quickly deploy intermediate-range missiles in Asia.
The new Pentagon chief said the US was now free to deploy the weapons following its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia.
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"Yes I would like to," Esper said when asked if the US was considering deploying new medium-range conventional weapons in Asia.
"We would like to deploy a capability sooner rather than later," Esper told reporters on a plane to Sydney at the start of a week-long tour of Asia.
"I would prefer months... But these things tend to take longer than you expect."
The move will definitely send a message and will probably anger China which also has aspirations of having an influence in the region, but Esper said Beijing should not be surprised by the move.
"That should be no surprise because we have been talking about that for some time now," he said.
"And I want to say that 80 percent of their inventory is INF range systems. So that should not surprise that we would want to have a like capability," he said.
The US did not specify where the missiles will be deployed in Asia.

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