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Commentator: China's military parade may incite arms race

Commentator: China's military parade may incite arms race

Taipei, Sept. 4 (CNA) A Canada-based defense commentator told the Voice of America that the reaction of the United States toward China's military buildup after the Sept. 3 military parade in Beijing is worth noting, because Beijing's muscle flexing may instigate a regional or even a global arms race and lead to destabilization. Andrei Chang, editor-in-chief of the Canadian magazine Kanwa Defense Review, said in an VOA interview that at the Sept. 3 military parade, Beijing displayed a lineup of short-range, intermediate and intercontinental ballistic missiles, with the longest trajectory reaching 12,000 kilometers. He pointed out that the Dongfeng series, for instance, with ranges varying from 600 kilometers and 5,000 kilometers, are equivalent to the ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles classified to be eliminated in the "Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty" (INF) signed in 1987 between then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev. Nowadays, neither the U.S., nor Russia has this type of missile system, and Britain and France have no interest in developing similar weapons. Only China, North Korea, Israel, India and Pakistan still own such missile systems, he added. Chang pointed out the impact of China's missile deployments on the world's strategic position, and possible U.S. reactions. He speculated that in the long run, the U.S. might breach the INF treaty by developing advanced missiles, and thus cause the global arms race to heat up again. (By Feng Chao and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-24 07:34 GMT+08:00