On Tuesday, China has warned that the testing of a cruise missile by the United States would trigger a new “arms race”, after a launch off the Coast of California.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang has said that “this measure from the US will trigger a new round of an arms race, leading to an escalation of military confrontation, which will have a serious negative impact on the international and regional security situation.”
Mr. Geng has said that the United States should “let go of its Cold War mentality” and “do more things that are conducive to… international and regional peace and tranquillity.”
The middle-range cruise missile was introduced from the United States US Navy-Controlled San Nicolas Island in California.
It was reported a few weeks after Moscow and Washington was pulled out of the INF (Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces) Treaty, after accused each other of violating the deal.
On Monday, the United States Department of Defense has announced that it has tested a type of ground-launched cruise missile, which was banned under the 1987 INF Deal, which further limited the use of conventional and nuclear medium-range weapons.
The United States missile tests also came weeks after a deadly explosion at a testing spot in the North of Russia, which the Western expert has linked to Moscow’s attempts to deploy a nuclear-powered missile.
On Tuesday, Moscow has further accused the United States of ramping up military tensions with the launch of the cruise missile test.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told sources that “the US has obviously taken a course towards escalation of military tensions. We won’t react to provocations.”