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China: Beijing slams US missile test as starting new 'arms race'03:41

China: Beijing slams US missile test as starting new 'arms race'

China, Beijing
August 20, 2019 at 12:01 GMT -00:00 · Published

A spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry criticised the US military's recent test of a cruise missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) treaty, saying that it would "trigger a new round of an arms race," in Beijing on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Geng Shuang added that the test showed that the real purpose of the US's recent withdrawal from the INF treaty was "to seek self-relaxation, to develop its own advanced missiles, and to seek unilateral military superiority."

Geng stated that the test would lead to an "escalation of military confrontation, which will have a serious negative impact on the international and regional security situation."

The US formally pulled out of the INF treaty on August 2 after accusing Russia of violating the agreement for years. Moscow denied the allegations.

The spokesperson also attacked the recent move by Twitter to suspend and remove accounts it said were engaged in a "state-backed information operation" criticising the Hong Kong protest movement.

"It's reasonable that Chinese media use foreign social media to communicate with people around the world to introduce Chinese policies and 'tell China's story'. I don't know why certain companies or peoples' reaction is so strong," said Geng.

China: Beijing slams US missile test as starting new 'arms race'03:41
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A spokesperson for China's Foreign Ministry criticised the US military's recent test of a cruise missile that would have been banned under the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) treaty, saying that it would "trigger a new round of an arms race," in Beijing on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Geng Shuang added that the test showed that the real purpose of the US's recent withdrawal from the INF treaty was "to seek self-relaxation, to develop its own advanced missiles, and to seek unilateral military superiority."

Geng stated that the test would lead to an "escalation of military confrontation, which will have a serious negative impact on the international and regional security situation."

The US formally pulled out of the INF treaty on August 2 after accusing Russia of violating the agreement for years. Moscow denied the allegations.

The spokesperson also attacked the recent move by Twitter to suspend and remove accounts it said were engaged in a "state-backed information operation" criticising the Hong Kong protest movement.

"It's reasonable that Chinese media use foreign social media to communicate with people around the world to introduce Chinese policies and 'tell China's story'. I don't know why certain companies or peoples' reaction is so strong," said Geng.

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