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U.S. faces uphill battle to place ground-based missiles in Asia

Treaty allies Japan, Australia, Philippines will likely say no, RAND says

Japan Ground Self-Defense Force's Type 12 surface-to-ship missile, created by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, is scheduled to extend its range to 900 km from the current 200 km. (Photo courtesy of JGSDF)

TOKYO -- None of the U.S.'s five treaty allies in Asia -- Japan, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and the Philippines -- are likely to agree to host American ground-based intermediate-range missiles, a new RAND Corp. report has found.

Such missiles are considered central to Washington's strategy to pierce Chinese defenses, should it one day have to defend Taiwan from a Chinese invasion.

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