Beijing warns of ‘countermeasures’ over US missile plans

7 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BEIJING: China warned Tuesday it would take unspecified countermeasures if the United States goes ahead with plans to deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, reports AFP.

The comments come days after US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Washington was now free to deploy the weapons following its withdrawal last week from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia.

“That would not serve the national security interest of these countries.”

Fu said it was important to recognise that the US is proposing to install the weapons at China’s “doorstep”. “Especially for a country that has experienced the Cuban missile crisis, I think the American people should understand China’s feelings.”