U.S. says it's consulting allies on Asian missile deployment


A senior U.S. diplomat says Washington is consulting with its allies as it proceeds with plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Asia, a move China says it will respond to with countermeasures.

Washington has said it plans to place such weapons in the Asia-Pacific following the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

The U.S. accused the other treaty signatory, Russia, of cheating by developing weapons systems banned under the treaty. However, many analysts say Washington has long sought to deploy intermediate-range missiles to counter China's growing arsenal.

In a conference call Tuesday, State Department Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs Andrea Thompson said governments would decide whether or not to host such missiles.

"That's a sovereign decision to be made by the leaders of those governments," Thompson said. "Any decision made in the region will be done in consultation with our allies — this is not a U.S. unilateral decision."

U.S. mutual defense treaty allies Japan, South Korea and Australia are considered the prime missile base candidates, although Beijing has warned that any nation that accepts such an arrangement will face retribution, likely in the form of an economic boycott or similar sanctions. Although China maintains a large stock of intermediate-range missiles, it says those are unable to reach the U.S. homeland, while missiles deployed by the U.S. in Asia would be within striking distance of mainland China.

While the U.S. decision to leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty has placed the future of arms control agreements in doubt, Thompson said the move had brought a "positive response from partners and allies globally, not only tied to the Indo-Pacific but our NATO partners as well."

She also said Washington hopes Beijing will join in discussions with the U.S. and Russia on a nuclear arms limitation pact after the current agreement, known as New START, expires in 2021. China has said it has no intention of entering into any such trilateral negotiations.

"Part of being a responsible actor ... you need to have transparency and responsibility. So we encourage China to come to the table as well," Thompson said. "The world demands it. That's what responsible nations do."

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OK, that’s the sales blurb. Got it. And we know how China regards these proposals.

Silence from the parties mentioned though, suggests a lack of enthusiasm, despite the glowing terms used by Andrea Thompson.

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China has missiles that can hit Japan, South Korea and Australia. China can hardly complain if those countries deploy missiles with the range to retaliate if attacked. A trade embargo by China on any of the tree would hurt China. If China were to embargo all three it would damage China more than any one of the three. Without all the resources China imports from Australia, it would lose the ability to supply all its customers and lose trade to other nations. Whoever picks up China's slack would then import the additional resources needed from Australia who would have the immediate capacity to fill requirements.

Let China bluster. The more it yells at the world, the more the world resists any overtures by Beijing that it is friendly and peaceful.

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This will just let China (maybe along with Russia) want to put their own missiles in the American hemisphere.

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Agree with Peter14.

Best way to handle is for all 3 allies to accept placement.

Unitied they show force and that is the only language China understands.

Also difficult to take measures against all together while at same time being in a trade war with the US.

If all nations play it smart they can beat China.

And maybe a first step for Korean and Japanese idiotic leaders to understand that they have important issues on their hands so no need to create issues themselves.

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BrusselToday  10:10 pm JST

And maybe a first step for Korean and Japanese idiotic leaders to understand that they have important issues on their hands so no need to create issues themselves.

Moon is the only leader that unilaterally is destroying the US-JPN-SK strategic alliance.

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Japan wants good relations with S. Korea, past administration in Tokyo also wanted the same and the reason why compensation and dozens of apologies were given to Korea including by current Abe administration in 2015.

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After selling those weapons ???.

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The US continue to warmonger. Until there is a major war (a nuclear war), the Western Wimps will continue to kowtow and appease the US. For the past 70 years the Western Wimps have followed the US into endless military disputes and for what? So that the US can continue to dictate, coerce, threaten and control them.

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"consulting its allies" means giving them Washington's orders; we will place more missile bases in your "sovereign" country and you will spend more on weapons to support us.

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From what I understand, only the Iwakuni base is the host candidate for the proposed US intermediate range missile deployment at the moment. A second deployment in Okinawa is also possible.

Korean deployment is ruled out, because the ROK is a ballistic missile superpower and already has thousands of ballistic missiles ranged to hit Beijing if necessary, hence any US ballistic missile deployment aimed at China is unnecessary.

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For those trying to understand the specifics of US plan for the Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile deployment in Asia, refer to this image. Three deployments are planned, one in Iwakuni, one in Okinawa, and one in the Philippines. Korea and Australia can sleep easy knowing they are not a part of the US missile deployment plan, but Japan does face Chinese economic retaliations again in the near future.


The source page is here. http://jfss.gr.jp/home/index/article/id/924

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wow, i sure hope Japan has the sense to refuse

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if China stops Chinese tourists from coming to Japan... you can say ciao to Japanese economy.

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I'm no fan of the Chinese regime but this is ramping up the tension.

Japan needs to tell the Washington regime where to stick their deployment.

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@Alex Einz

wow, i sure hope Japan has the sense to refuse

Japan can't. Japan is the sole candidate of hosting the US intermediate-range ballistic missiles in Asia at this time. NO is not an option.

if China stops Chinese tourists from coming to Japan... you can say ciao to Japanese economy.

Indeed, Chinese and Koreans made up the majority of tourists visiting Japan. Koreans are currently boycotting Japan, and imagine Chinese joining in the boycott. Japan's tourist numbers drop by half overnight.

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well abe will just have to find a way innit

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