China, Russia hold joint press release on anti-missile issues

Source
Xinhua
Editor
Zhang Tao
Time
2017-04-28

MOSCOW, April 28 (ChinaMil) -- Chinese and Russian armed forces held a joint press release on the global and regional anti-missile situation during the Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday afternoon, appealing to the international community to stop their anti-missile programs.

Major General Cai Jun, deputy director of Combat Operation Bureau under the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission (CMC), said that the development of a global anti-missile system would inevitably worsen the international security environment and that the majority of the international community would not agree.

Cai expressed that the United Nations General Assembly has repeatedly passed resolutions on anti-missile issues, calling on the countries concerned to stop such plans. Countries who ignore the common international environment and the legitimate interests of other countries and unilaterally strengthen the global deployment of the anti-missile system only want to seek absolute unilateral military superiority.

According to Cai, this will further aggravate regional tensions, lead to local confrontation or even comprehensive arms race, and ultimately destroy global and regional strategic stability. Consequently, such countries themselves will not be safe.

Cai reiterated that China firmly opposes the deployment of THAAD, criticizing the US that its real purpose of deploying the THAAD system in ROK is to make way for its global anti-missile system and to build a blockade of China and Russia's Asia-Pacific anti-missile wall, so as to weaken the strategic capacity of China and Russia.

China and Russia will take further measures to safeguard their security interests and regional strategic balance, Cai stressed.

Lieutenant General Viktor Poznihir, first deputy chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, said that the development of the anti-missile situation has had a direct impact on the process of promoting nuclear disarmament and maintaining strategic stability.

The deployment of anti-missile systems in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific by the US will undermine the balance of strategic forces, reduce the threshold of the use of nuclear weapons, threaten the safety of space activities and trigger a new round of arms race.

Poznihir also expressed that the deployment of anti-missile system in the name to deal with nuclear threats from Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) endangers China and Russia's strategic security and global strategic stability.

He called for an equal and constructive dialogue on anti-missile issues and to jointly seek ways to take care of the interests of all parties.

This is the third time the armed forces of China and Russia hold a joint press release on anti-missile issues. Representatives of Moscow Conference on International Security and the media attended the press release. The previous two such press releases were held at the 7th Xiangshan Forum in Beijing last October and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva in March this year.

 

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