The new US Defense Secretary Esper said recently that Washington hopes to deploy new medium-range missiles in Asia as soon as possible to counter China’s rise in the region. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that no country is allowed to cause trouble at home in China.
As the United States is no longer bound by the Intermediate-Range Missile Missile Treaty (INF), Mark Esper was asked by reporters on the 3rd whether Washington is considering deploying new medium-range traditional weapons in Asia. He responded, “Yes, I hope to do this, and make the above statement.
On the 5th, the Chinese Foreign Ministry published a text on Hua Chunying’s response to the relevant questions on the official website. Hua Chunying said that the medium-range missile has a limited range, so where to deploy is critical. If the United States deploys medium-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in China, it is obviously very aggressive.
She said that China pursues a defensive national defense policy, and its military development is entirely for defensive purposes, and it does not intend to pose a threat to any country. China will never sit idly by to protect its own interests, nor will it allow any country to cause trouble at its doorstep in China. It will take all necessary measures to firmly defend national security interests.
Hua Chunying said that the United States has long advocated the “Indo-Pacific strategy” and has continuously intervened in the affairs of the Asia-Pacific region. He repeatedly took China’s talks on the issue of the medium-range nuclear missile treaty and so on, speculating “the threat of China’s missiles”, disregarding the facts and turning black and white. “This is a consistent routine in which the United States uses other countries as an excuse to shirk its responsibility.”