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POST TIME: 21 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 August, 2019 01:03:02 AM
US missile test will trigger a new ‘arms race’: Beijing
AFP, Beijing

US missile test will trigger a new ‘arms race’: Beijing

This US Department of Defense handout photo shows on Sunday at 2:30pm Pacific Daylight Time, when the Defense Department conducted a flight test of a conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile at San Nicolas Island, California. The test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometers of flight. AFP photo

China warned yesterday that the testing of a medium-range cruise missile by the US would start a new "arms race", after a launch off the coast of California. "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," said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang. He said that US should "let go of its Cold War mentality" and "do more things that are conducive to... international and regional peace and tranquillity." The missile was launched from the US Navy-controlled San Nicolas Island off the coast of California. It came just weeks after Washington and Moscow ditched the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty this month, after accusing each other of violating the deal.