Chinese missile buildup strained US-Russia arms pact

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The 1987 INF Treaty banned land-based missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.

  • Gregory Hellman
  • Politico

U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of a landmark arms control treaty with Russia comes after nearly a year of appeals from top military leaders to confront China’s rising missile ambitions — perhaps the…

Beijing, CHINA: A US and a Chinese flag wave outside a commercial building in Beijing, 09 July 2007. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice 06 July 2007 accused China of flouting the rules of global trade in its headlong economic expansion as the US administration "has not been hesitant" to deploy trade tools against China, including a complaint lodged with the World Trade Organization over copyright piracy. AFP PHOTO/TEH ENG KOON (Photo credit should read TEH ENG KOON/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump told reporters Monday outside the White House that Beijing’s growing arsenal played into his decision to withdraw from the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, even though China is not a…

His justification “includes China, and it includes Russia, and it…

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