Washington is discussing with its allies plans to deploy medium-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region. This was stated by US Deputy Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Andrea Thompson.
“Any decision on this region will be made in agreement with our allies – this is not a unilateral decision of the United States,” she said.
In early August, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he would like to deploy medium-range ground-based missiles in Asia in the coming months. Reuters, citing an American official, noted that this process could take years.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that if American missiles are deployed in Asia, they will retaliate. Beijing expressed the hope that the United States will not undermine international and regional peace through its actions.
On August 2, the INF Treaty between Russia and the United States officially ended. The parties accused each other of violating it. Subsequently, the Pentagon announced that it will focus on the development of non-nuclear ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles.