China and Russia close ranks against US missile-defence system

Military officials from Moscow and Beijing use security forum to condemn plans by Washington to deploy systems in Asia and Europe

The officials said Beijing and Moscow would conduct another joint computer-simulated missile-defence exercise next year in response to proposed US deployments in Northeast Asia and Europe. The two countries held their first such drill in May.

Chinese deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department, Admiral Sun Jianguo, and Russian Deputy Defence Minister Anatoly Antonov spoke to the media on the sidelines of the Xiangshan Forum in Beijing. It is China’s alternative to the annual Asian Security Summit, or Shangari-La Dialogue, in Singapore.

Senior officers from both countries used the press conference to argue that Beijing and Moscow would be harmed by the American defence systems in Europe and Asia.

Major General Cai Jun criticised plans by Washington and Seoul to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system in South Korea.

Cai said the deployment would “further strengthen unilateralism and the tendency to use or threaten to use force in the Asia-Pacific region”, forcing other countries to adapt to the risks and thus “causing a vicious circle”.

Russia’s Lieutenant General Viktor Poznikhir said US plans for missile defence systems in Europe and South Korea were presumptuous and arrogant.

“The deployment of THAAD in South Korea means Washington is going to use China as its front line for its missile defence system,” he said.

Full article: China and Russia close ranks against US missile-defence system (South China Morning Post)

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