In a direct threat hurled at Guam, the Chinese government officially warned that any missile deployment to Guam would be viewed as a dangerous provocation.
In an article by the Agence France Presse news agency, China’s foreign ministry threatened Guam directly, stating that that any deployment in Guam — around 1,875 miles from Shanghai on China’s east coast — would be viewed as “a very provocative action on the part of the U.S. and it can be very dangerous.”
The statement was attributed to Fu Cong, the director of arms control at the Chinese foreign ministry, who was reacting to speculation that the U.S. would deploy ground-based intermediate-range missiles on Guam.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper had said that Washington is now free to deploy the weapons after its withdrawal last week from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia.
Esper did not specify where the United States intended to deploy the weapons but experts say the most likely location is Guam, which hosts significant U.S. military facilities.
But Fu Cong said China will not stand idly by and will be forced to take countermeasures should the U.S. deploy intermediate-range ground-based missiles in this part of the world.
Fu told AFP that it was important to recognize that the United States is proposing to install the weapons at China’s “doorstep.”
“Especially for a country that has experienced the Cuban missile crisis, I think the American people should understand China’s feelings,” AFP quoted the Chinese official as saying.