China warns of resolute response to U.S. missile deployment in Asia-Pacific

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12th April 2024 – (Beijing) China has expressed strong opposition to the United States’ plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, labelling the move as a threat to regional security. Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, voiced these concerns during a regular press briefing on Friday.

According to Wu, the American strategy to station these missiles in the region constitutes a perilous escalation that could gravely jeopardize the security of surrounding nations and disrupt the peace and stability of the entire area. “This trend is not only alarming but also counterproductive to the collective security efforts in the region,” Wu stated.

China views this planned deployment with great alarm and has promised to take decisive countermeasures to safeguard its interests. Wu emphatically called on the United States to consider the security concerns of other nations seriously and to cease activities that could potentially destabilize the region.

“We urge the United States to genuinely respect the security concerns of other countries and to halt any actions that undermine regional peace,” Wu reiterated. The statement underscores the growing tensions in the region as the U.S. seeks to enhance its strategic posture in response to perceived threats, particularly from China and North Korea.