China warns of countermeasures if U.S. puts missiles on its 'doorstep'

  • 06/08/2019
China warns of countermeasures if U.S. puts missiles on its 'doorstep'

On Tuesday, China jeopardized with countermeasures if the United States deployed medium-range ground-based missiles in Asia, and notified US partners of the consequences if they allowed such weapons on their area.

On Saturday, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he favored expanding medium-range missiles in the area, probably for several months.

Previous week, Washington officially abandoned the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, an agreement concluded in 1987 with the former Soviet Union that prohibited the launch of nuclear and traditional ballistic and cruise missiles of ground-based ranging from 500 to 5,000 km (310 to 3,400 miles).

U.S. officials have blamed Russia of not obeying the agreement, but the conclusion also lets the Pentagon desigpower force. Beijing rejected to join.

Fu Cong, director general of the arms control department at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said Beijing would not "be inactive" and would monitor missiles from an American base in Asia.

“If the U.S. deploys missiles in this part of the world, at the doorstep of China, China will be forced to take countermeasures,” Fu told reporters.

“I urge our neighbors to exercise prudence and not to allow the U.S. deployment of intermediate-range missiles on their territory,” Fu said.

He made special mention of Japan, South Korea, and Australia, warning that this would not share their national security interests.

Fu did not identify how China would react, but said that “everything will be on the table” if US partners make a discount on missiles.

He also confirmed that China was not curious about participating in any tripartite negotiations with the United States and Russia to design fresh conditions for such weapons, debating that most of China’s missiles could not achieve the center of the United States.

“Given the huge gap between the nuclear arsenals of China and that of the U.S. and the Russian Federation, I don’t think it is reasonable or even fair to expect China to participate in an arms reduction negotiation at this stage,” Fu said.

The United States will possibly test ground-based cruise missiles in the following few weeks. The Pentagon also intends to examine medium-range ballistic missiles in November.

Nevertheless, an uncontrolled agreement, China has already deployed medium-range missiles in enormous quantities and established military equipment on artificial islands he made in the controversial and energy-rich South China Sea.

The People’s Liberation Army of China has employed steady budget advancements to make an armoury of modern missiles, many of which are intended to seize aircraft carriers and bases that form the basis of US military domination in the area and defend its associates.

China is also taking quick steps to design hypersonic missiles, which can dramatically maneuver and move at a speed five times faster than the speed of sound.

As reported by Pentagon officials, the USA restricted protection against such missiles and is striving to create new weapons and counter schemes.

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