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China does not want to join the DSND 2.0


The US Department of State is confident that China will not join the 2.0 DRSM

At the end of last year, Donald Trump spoke about the possibility of concluding a trilateral agreement between the United States, Russia and China on the prohibition of medium and shorter-range missiles. Such a proposal by the Chinese Foreign Ministry was called an "absolute mistake", but in February of this year, Trump again spoke in favor of bringing China and other countries to the INF Treaty. At the same time, the president threatened that otherwise the United States "Will significantly surpass and outstrip all others in the production of weapons of this class".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, showing interest in this problem, announced that she hopes that Chinese leaders will be interested in the new INF.

As for the treaty itself, it was adopted during the Cold War. It was signed in 1987 year. At this time, the United States did not take China with the same seriousness as it is now. Therefore, no one even thought about attracting it to such a treaty.

Now, as follows from official statements, neither the United States nor Russia has a single medium or shorter range missile. At the same time, China has the number of such missiles in the hundreds. If the information provided by the Pentagon is correct, then the People’s Liberation Army of China has approximately 300 ballistic missiles with medium range, as well as two thousand missiles with a shorter range. Also, China has almost 300 ground-based cruise missiles with a range of more than one and a half thousand kilometers.

When joining the new INF Treaty, China should have destroyed all this. Beijing will not do this. As the US Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Andrea Thompson, put it, the leaders of China "have no appetite" for any treaties intended for arms control.

The Pentagon estimates that approximately 90 percent of all Chinese cruise and ballistic missiles fall into the categories of medium and short range. At the same time, Beijing considers land-based non-nuclear missiles as one of "Pillars of the strategy of warfare". Of course, in such a situation, there can be no talk of China joining the 2.0 DRDM.

Properly done, there is no faith Pindos!

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