China Says U.S. Allies Face Retaliation If They Host Missiles

August 6, 2019


China warned that the U.S. and its Asia-Pacific allies risked countermeasures if they accepted the deployment of intermediate-range American missiles, singling out Australia, Japan and South Korea.

China’s foreign ministry said in a statement late Monday that the country “will not sit idly by” in response to such threats, urging the U.S. to avoid escalating tensions. A ministry official separately said Tuesday that the trio of allies should “exercise prudence” and that the deployment of such weapons would “not serve the national security interests of these countries.”

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