China and Russia call on US to abandon Asia-Pacific, Europe missile plans

By Holly Chik
Feb 5, 2022

China and Russia called on the United States to stop missile deployment plans in the Asia-Pacific and Europe, after a highly anticipated summit cemented a Chinese-Russian stand against Western pressure.

In a joint statement after the summit between Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Friday, the two countries said their friendship and cooperation had “no limits” and their relations were “superior to the political and military alliances of the Cold War era”.

The two countries said the US’ accelerated development of intermediate- and shorter-range ground-based missiles and desire to deploy them in the Asia-Pacific and Europe would increase “tension and distrust [and] increase risks to international and regional security”.

“The two sides will continue to maintain contacts and strengthen coordination on this issue,” the statement said, adding they were concerned about US plans to deploy an anti-ballistic missile defence system around the world.

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