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China has opposed the replacement of the INF Treaty with a multilateral agreement


China does not agree with the proposal of the Foreign Minister of Japan to create a new structure to replace the INF Committee, said on Thursday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying.

Earlier, the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said that the world needs to create a new structure to replace the Medium and Shorter-Range Missile Treaty (INF Treaty), which would include all nuclear powers – Russia, the USA, China, the United Kingdom and France.

“With regard to making the INF Treaty multilateral, we have already said that this is a bilateral treaty concluded between Russia and the US. If the treaty becomes multilateral, it will affect a number of complex political, military and legal issues … The Chinese side does not agree with this, “said Hua Chunying at a briefing, commenting on the proposal of the Japanese minister.

She emphasized that there is nothing new in the proposal of the Japanese Foreign Minister, and this idea will not help to forget the INF. “This is just an excuse for a unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the treaty,” said Hua Chunying.

She also expressed concern and disagreement of the Chinese side in connection with the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the INF.

“We hope that Russia and the United States will be able to resolve contradictions through dialogue and make efforts to preserve the treaty. This is important for maintaining global strategic stability and regional peace,” the Chinese diplomat added.

She suggested that the Japanese Foreign Minister “persuade the United States not to withdraw from the treaty.”

Earlier this year, US President Donald Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, announced a unilateral US withdrawal from the INF Treaty, accusing Russia of a lengthy violation of the treaty. The stumbling block was the 9M729 rocket – the modernization of the 9M728 rocket, which is part of the Iskander-M complex. According to the United States, its maximum range exceeds 500 kilometers, which is subject to the INF. Russia denies these allegations and even showed a rocket to foreign press attaches, but the representatives of the United States and NATO did not come to the meeting.

In response to Washington’s decision, Russia also suspended participation in the treaty and stated that it was starting to develop missile systems prohibited by the agreement. However, Moscow intends to place them only in response to similar steps taken by Washington.

Within the framework of the USSR / Russia and the USA, they pledged not to test and not to deploy ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles of medium (from 1000 to 5500 kilometers) and shorter (from 500 to 1000 kilometers) range, as well as launchers to them. The USSR destroyed 1846 missile systems, the United States — a thousand fewer, but this can be called a quantity-for-quality exchange: American cruise missiles directly threatened the territory of the USSR and had an increased accuracy of impact.


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