China will prepare a response to the deployment of American medium-range missiles in East Asia. The Director of the Department for arms control and disarmament of the Chinese foreign Ministry Fu Tsun made such statement.
“We will be forced to take countermeasures in the event of the deployment of medium-range ground-based missiles by the United States in this [Asia-Pacific] part of the world,” the Chinese representative said. He added that the real goal of the United States at the exit from the Treaty on the elimination of intermediate-range missiles (INF) was to develop its missile potential.
Earlier, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper advocated the deployment of medium-range ground-based missiles in Asia as soon as possible.
On August 2 the action of the INF Treaty officially stopped. The US said it withdrew from the agreement because of Russia’s violations. At the same time, Moscow has repeatedly pointed out that it is acting within the framework of agreements.
The INF Treaty, concluded in 1987 between the USSR and the United States, does not allow the parties to be armed with ballistic and ground-based cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5.5 thousand kilometers. Moscow and Washington regularly accused each other of violating its terms.