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China decries US plan to deploy missiles in Asia-Pacific

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The Pentagon is seen from an airplane over Washington D.C., the United States, on July 11, 2018. The United States will fully develop ground-launched conventional missiles after withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Friday. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

BEIJING (China Daily) – The United States’ intention to deploy new missiles in the Asia-Pacific region has raised concerns, and China will take countermeasures if necessary, the Foreign Ministry said.

Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, said China will not “sit idly by” and watch its interests being compromised if the US deploys intermediate-range missiles in the region.

She said China “will not allow any country to stir up trouble on our doorstep” and “will take all necessary measures to safeguard national security interests” in a statement published on the ministry’s website late on Monday.

The comments came days after the US unilaterally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed with the Soviet Union in 1987, which banned land-based missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.

Hua warned that international and regional security will be severely undermined if the US insists on the deployment.

“For a long time, the US has been grossly interfering in the affairs of regional countries in the Asia-Pacific,” she said.

“Politically, it has tried to drive a wedge between them by promoting a so-called Indo-Pacific strategy.”

“Despite strong international opposition, the US chose to withdraw from the INF Treaty. Now it is hastily seeking to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Asia. This, in fact, reveals the real intention of the US withdrawal from the treaty,” she added.

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