US continued forward military deployment in Asia-Pacific increases regional tensions: Defense Spokesperson

China Military Online
Lin Congyi
2023-08-31 19:21:39

BEIJING, Aug. 31 -- "The US has been using non-existent threats as pretexts to advance forward military deployment in the Asia-Pacific, which undermined security interests of other countries and heightened regional tensions. China is firmly opposed to these," said Senior Colonel Wu Qian, a spokesperson for China's Ministry of National Defense, at a regular press conference on Thursday.

According to the US media reports, the US is planning to add 20 new air defense sites packed with surface-to-air interceptors and radars in Guam to make the island "the most densely protected place anywhere on the planet". Some analysis pointed out that the US military's so-called defense system building is actually highly aggressive and will pose a big threat to regional peace and security.

In response, Senior Colonel Wu commented that in recent years, the US has withdrawn from arms control treaties, continued to deploy global anti-missile systems, and sought to deploy land-based intermediate ballistic missiles in Europe and the Asia-Pacific, aiming to secure its own absolute security and military superiority. He added that, in fact, these acts have increased the risk of conflict and confrontation.

As for Guam, the spokesperson stated that its security depends on what role the US wants Guam to play. "If Guam were to be an outpost to wage wars, it would not be secure even it were armed to the teeth," he said.

In the end, the spokesperson hoped that the US side would abandon the obsolete cold-war and zero-sum mindset and narrow-minded geopolitical thinking, and do more things that are conducive to world peace and stability rather than the opposite.

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