|Arthur Dominic Villasanta |||Apr 28, 2017 07:10 PM EDT|
(Photo : PLARF) Chinese DF-31 ICBMs on their mobile launchers.
China and Russia are together accusing the United States of building a global anti-missile system, which includes THAAD in Asia and the NATO Missile Defense System in Europe that eliminates their ability to launch surprise nuclear missile attacks on the U.S. and its allies while enabling a massive second nuclear strike by the U.S.
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Maj. Gen. Cai Jun, deputy director of Combat Operation Bureau under the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission (CMC), claimed the development of a global anti-missile system will inevitably worsen the international security environment.
Gen. Cai, who leveled this accusation at the Moscow Conference on International Security a few days ago, alleges the U.S. and other countries that unilaterally strengthen the global deployment of the anti-missile system "only want to seek absolute unilateral military superiority."
America's push for military superiority will further aggravate regional tensions; lead to local confrontation and ultimately destroy global and regional strategic stability, according to Gen. Cai.
He reiterated China firmly opposes the deployment of THAAD. He claims the real reason the U.S. wants the THAAD system in South Korea is to make way for its global anti-missile system, and to build a blockade of China and Russia's Asia-Pacific anti-missile defenses, so as to weaken the strategic capacity of China and Russia.
Gen. Cai said China and Russia will take further measures to safeguard their security interests and regional strategic balance.
Lt. Gen. Viktor Poznihir, first deputy chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, alleges the deployment of anti-missile systems in the U.S., Europe and Asia-Pacific by the U.S. will undermine the balance of strategic forces; reduce the threshold of the use of nuclear weapons; threaten the safety of space activities and trigger a new arms race.
He also said the deployment of anti-missile systems to deal with nuclear threats from Iran and North Korea endangers China and Russia's strategic security.
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