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US considers midrange missile deployment in Asia to counter China

Top arms envoy calls Beijing's nuclear buildup 'immediate threat' to region

A conventionally configured ground-launched cruise missile is launched in California by the U.S. Department of Defense during a test to inform development of future intermediate-range capabilities .   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. will talk with Asian allies about deploying midrange missiles now under development to counter the "immediate threat" of China's nuclear arsenal, Washington's top arms control negotiator told Nikkei in a phone interview Friday.

Marshall Billingslea, the special presidential envoy for arms control, said Washington wants to "engage in talks with our friends and allies in Asia over the immediate threat that the Chinese nuclear buildup poses, not just to the United States but to them, and the kinds of capabilities that we will need to defend the alliance in the future." 

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