China & Russia warn President Trump’s Plans to Boost Missile Defense Could Spark an Arms Race
CHINESE and Russian officials are warning of an arms race being sparked by Donald Trump’s new provocative missile defence plan.
The US President introduced the 2019 Missile Defence Review on Thursday which aims to instate a global missile system that could “detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States anywhere, anytime.” US military competitors Russia and China have hit back accusing the US of provoking further tensions between the global superpowers. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said: “The American report is full of outdated ‘Cold War’ and ‘zero-sum game’ concepts.
“The document exaggerates the geopolitical confrontation and rivalry of powers, and speaks unreasonably of a threat from China.”
He warned that the review could lead to an arms race as well as irreversibly damaging peace and security in the region.
Russia voiced similar concerns towards the US missile defence plan.
The Russian foreign ministry warned: “The strategy actually gives the green light to the prospect of basing missile strike capabilities in space.”
The statement said: “The implementation of these ideas will inevitably lead to the beginning of an arms race in space, which will have the most negative consequences for international security and stability.”
They later compared the review to former President Ronald Reagan’s doomed, Cold War-era “Star Wars” defence plan.
First Deputy Head of the Defence Committee, Andrei Krasnov said: “They are just trying to draw us into an arms race.
“We have the most modern weapons and military equipment.
“We should respond to new military initiatives by the US and its NATO allies with intensive exercises.
“We have everything else, we should not be drawn into the arms race.”
Trump’s proposals included space-based sensors and advanced interceptors that would block out any hypersonic missile technology being developed by Russia and China.
But as China and Russia have pointed out, the US has a higher defence budget than both countries.
The President’s latest plan is to make the US military “more powerful than ever before” with a $750 billion budget.
While Trump and Vice President Mike Pence never mentioned China or Russia as leading rivals against the US, both countries were heavily featured in the report.
The review read: “Russia and China are developing advanced cruise missiles and hypersonic missile capabilities that can travel at exceptional speeds with unpredictable flight paths that challenge existing defensive systems.
“These are challenging realities of the emerging missile threat environment that US missile defence policy, strategy, and capabilities must address.”
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