Pentagon Plan to Deploy Midrange Missiles in Asia Draws Vow to Counter from China | 8/6/2019 | Staff
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China on Aug. 6 vowed to take countermeasures if the United States follows through on a plan to deploy midrange ground-launched missiles in Asia.

The director of the Chinese foreign ministry’s Arms Control Department, Fu Cong, made the statement after the United States formally withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia on Aug. 2 and announced plans to deploy missiles in order to deter China.

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“China will not stand idly by and be forced to take countermeasures should the U.S. deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in this part of the world,” Fu said.

Fu also called on South Korea, Japan, and Australia to not allow the United States to station the missiles in their territories. The United States has military bases in all three nations.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters in Asia over the weekend that he wants to deploy ground-launched missiles “within months” and stressed these weapons’ importance to the military theater in the Asia-Pacific region. Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo both stressed that the goal of the deployment is deterrence.

While the United States was bound by the INF treaty from possessing and flight testing ground-launched intermediate-range missiles, China aggressively developed and deployed these weapons.

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Fu argued that none of China’s intermediate-range missiles can reach the continental United States. The Chinese missiles are nevertheless within striking range of many U.S. allies and hundreds of U.S. military bases and installations in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East.

“China has deployed hundreds of such missiles in the area when the United States had very little. So the country that is being the aggressor and causing the threats is China, not the United States,” said Peter Huessy, director for strategic deterrent studies at the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.

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Fu didn’t give details on the countermeasures China would take. Beijing has previously taken...
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