Russia, China Unite Against US Missile Sheild
Russia and China will intensify cooperation on strategic defense in response to America’s growing missile systems around the globe, Russian officials said Wednesday.
“We are concerned about US plans to build a global missile defense system, including in the Asia-Pacific region,” Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev said
during the 8th round of Russian-Chinese talks taking place in Beijing.
“Our Chinese partners share our concerns and we have agreed to coordinate our actions in that respect,” he said, adding that it would help both countries to develop a “constructive” approach towards the missile defense issue.
Russia and China have been keeping a close eye on American deployment of missile defenses around the arc of the South China Sea, in addition to the planned European missile shield.
Washington and Tokyo agreed last September to construct an advanced X-band missile early-warning radar in southern Japan to join an existing AN/TPY-2 radar in Japan’s northern Aomori Prefecture.
Some reports suggest that U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the U.S. Pacific Command are considering a third such radar somewhere else in Southeast Asia, possibly in the Philippines.
Washington is also planning to expand the grouping of Aegis-equipped U.S. warships that patrol international waters in the region.
Moscow and Beijing are objecting U.S. missile defense initiatives, saying they are worsening the global and regional security environment. Military and nonproliferation processes are especially at risk, to the detriment of Russian and Chinese nuclear deterrents.
Russia and China have held regular bilateral consultations on strategic issues since 2005.