China vows retaliation if US deploys mid-range missiles in Asia 

China has vowed to take countermeasures if Washington deploys intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a prospect that US officials have hinted at.

Fu Cong, the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s director general for arms control department, said in a press briefing on Tuesday that China “will not stand idly by” if the US deployed missiles in Asia.

“If the US deploys missiles in this part of the world, at the doorstep of China, China will be forced to take countermeasures,” Fu said.

“I urge our neighbors to exercise prudence and not to allow the US deployment of intermediate-range missiles on their territory,” he added, mentioning Japan, South Korea, and Australia by name.

Beijing will move to counter Washington’s potential deployment of intermediate ground-launched missiles in Asia, foreign ministry officials have stated, joining Russia in criticizing the US for triggering a new arms race.

China would take unspecified “countermeasures” if the US followed through on its promise to deploy ground-launched intermediate-range missiles in Asia in the near future, Fu Cong, director general of the Foreign Ministry’s arms control department, told press in Beijing on Tuesday.

The US’ plans “will severely undermine global strategic balance and stability” as well as “threaten peace and security” in the Asia-Pacific region, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said earlier, urging Washington to “exercise restraint and stop taking actions that undermine the security interests of other countries.”

‘Everything on the table’

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in Australia on Saturday that he favored the deployment of ground-to-ground missiles in Asia possibly within months.

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PressTV-‘US plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Asia’Washington says it plans to deploy new missiles in Asia a day after withdrawing from an arms control treaty.

Fu, the Chinese Foreign Ministry official, said “everything will be on the table” in terms of how China would respond if that happened.

No sooner had the US formalized its withdrawal from the INF Treaty with Russia when incoming Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested that the now-legal missiles should be rolled out in Asia as soon as possible.

Australian PM Scott Morrison, after pledging to work with the US to counter Chinese activity in the region, quickly explained that Canberra had not volunteered to host the missiles itself and that it would refuse if asked in the future.

Washington unilaterally left the pivotal Cold War nuclear arms treaty under the pretext of alleged violations by Moscow. Russia, which formally left the agreement the day after the US, said it would continue to respond defensively to any threats, taking “corresponding steps to balance” the deployment of US missiles be it in Europe or Asia.

Russia, too

Beijing’s reaction came a day after Russia announced that it would adopt its own countermeasures if the US stationed land-based missiles in Asia.

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Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Monday that Moscow did not intend to get sucked into an arms race with Washington but would respond defensively to such threats.

“If the deployment of new US systems begins specifically in Asia, then the corresponding steps to balance these actions will be taken by us in the direction of parrying these threats,” Ryabkov said.

On Friday, the US formally terminated a Cold War-era treaty with Russia that had banned missiles with ranges of 500-5,500 kilometers, accusing Moscow of having violated the accord by developing a certain type of missile.

Russia denied the accusation and publicized the specifications of the missile to show that it was not banned under the INF.

Shortly after the termination of the treaty, Esper, the US defense secretary, said the US had already started work to develop “mobile, conventional, ground-launched cruise and ballistic missile systems.”

“The Department of Defense will fully pursue the development of these ground-launched conventional missiles as a prudent response to Russia’s actions,” he said.

Esper had said last month that abandoning the INF treaty would free up the US military “to deal with not just Russia, but China also.”

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Washington originally announced its decision to suspend compliance with the INF back in February, prompting Moscow to also suspend its compliance with the pact in the following month.

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