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Chinese missile arsenal presents strategic problem, says US official

16 May 2018

Most of China’s missiles would fail to meet the weapon limits set by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed by the United States and the then-Soviet Union to help counter the proliferation of nuclear weapons, Randall Schriver, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, told US senators on 15 May.

“From a DoD [Department of Defense] perspective, it’s about 85% of Chinese missiles that would be INF non-compliant,” Schriver testified at a Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee hearing. “The backbone of their power projection of ballistic and cruise missile would be INF non-compliant.”

China never signed the INF Treaty.

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