Beijing: The Chinese foreign ministry threatened ‘China will not stand idly if the United States deploys missiles at its doorstep. This missile deployment will compel China to retaliate. If Japan, South Korea and Australia allow the deployment of the US missiles, it will not be appropriate from the security point of view.’ Following the threat, China initiated war exercises in the South China Sea.
Two days ago, the United States announced the deployment of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) in the Indo-Pacific region. US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper underlined that the Chinese aggression is creating instability in the Indo-Pacific region. US Secretary of Defence Esper announced that ICBMs would soon be deployed in the Indo-Pacific region to counter the Chinese aggression, in the region. Esper had said that these would be deployed in one of the countries in the region. But the US Secretary of Defence Mark did not disclose the name of the country and the timeline for deployment.
Following the announcement by US Secretary of Defence Esper, Fu Cong, the Director of the Arms Control Department, in the Chinese foreign ministry, issued a stern warning to the United States and its allies. Cong threatened that if the United States is going to deploy ICBMs at the Chinese doorstep, China will not be a silent spectator. This US missile deployment will compel China to retaliate. Therefore, the neighbouring countries should think carefully and not allow the US ICBMs to be deployed in the country. Japan, South Korea and Australia should stay away from this deployment as the US missiles could threaten their country’s security.
Cong did not elaborate on how China will retaliate against the US ICBM deployment. However, Cong threatened that if the US allies allowed the deployment in their countries, China would use all the available options against those countries. He also said that the Chinese missiles could not reach major cities in the United States and that China will not participate in the Intermediate-range Nuclear forces treaty as it would restrict the number of nuclear weapons in the Chinese possession. There is a significant difference between Chinese missiles and those possessed by the United States and Russia. Therefore, the United States should leave the thought of imposing a ban on China, added Cong.
Meanwhile, after declaring its opposition to the deployment of the US missiles, China began war exercises in the South China Sea. Chinese destroyers and fighter jets will be participating in these war exercises scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. These war exercises seem to be a warning for the United States.